In Singapore, 18,400 tonnes of scrap tyres was generated in 2012 and the recycling rate is 88%. Scrap tyres are usually rethreaded, exported overseas for reuse, or processed into crumbs for making surfaces and into chips for use as a solid fuel.
Let’s take a closer look at tyres recycling:
Tyres Recycling in Singapore
There are several recycling companies that collect scrap tyres and rethread the tyres for reuse. The thread section of the scrap tyre is replaced and the rethreaded tyre can be used again. Scrap tyres that are still in good condition are also exported overseas for reuse.
There’s a local recycling company that collects scrap tyres and process them into small pieces of chips and crumbs. The chips are exported overseas for use as a solid fuel while the crumbs can be used as material for making playground and tennis court surfaces.
Watch this video on a new method to turn tyres into powder:
Collectors, Traders and Recycling Companies for Tyres
To find a recycling collector or someone who wants your tyre waste, check out NEA’s list of collectors and traders.
What Can I Do
Take care of your car tyres by checking the tyre pressure and ensuring that they are inflated at the correct pressure. Over-inflation or under-inflation of the tyres would cause uneven tyre thread wear and increase the need to change tyres frequently.
You can also reduce tyre wear by changing your driving habits – don’t brake too hard or take sharp corners. In addition, you can also conduct regular tyre rotation for your car to ensure even thread wear for all the tyres.