The disposal of old vehicle tyre is a common problem to many countries. If buried,?
The disposal of old vehicle tyre is a common problem to many countries. If buried, they take up an enormous amount of room. burned, they smell offensive and pollute the atmosphere. But now, in the United States -- which probably has a greater number of vehicles than any other country -- old tyres have been put to some use. One tyre manufacturing company has produced an artificial turf from old tyre rubber, thus not only creating a new product but effectively solving the disposal problem. The turf, experimental layers of which have been placed on children's playgrounds, is handled like concrete. A dry rubber-powder made from old shredded tyres is mixed with water and colour-dye, and the paste is poured like concrete to harden in twelve hours. This film shows what it's all about.
SYNOPSIS: The disposal of old car tyres can be a major problem -- especially in the United States, which probably has a greater number of vehicles than ny other country. If burned, the tyres smell offensive and pollute the air. If buried, they can take up large areas of land--last year, for example, about 124 million old tyres were discarded throughout the country.
But now a useful purpose for old tyres has been found by a leading U.S. tyre manufacturer. The company has produced an artificial turf from shredded tyre-rubber--and the turf, which handles like concrete, has been experimentally laid on children's playgrounds. The idea is simple--shredded rubber is mixed with water and colour-dye, and the thick mixture is poured like wet concrete. It hardens in about twelve hours to produce a springy, fungus-proof surface.
The turf, when in commercial production, is expected to be cheaper than present artificial turfs. Other possible applications--on the sides of motor highways where ordinary grass cannot grow. Meanwhile, not only has the company produced a useful product--it has also solved a major environmental problem.