“There are at least 300 million scrap tires that are added to the existing ones each year to the stockpiles across the country.”
The aim of our company is to recycle scrap tires for consumption in end-use markets, solving the problem of disposing scrap tires while creating jobs.
Colorado has a major environmental problem with used tires. The state is home to the world’s largest tire dump with an estimated of 60 million-plus scrap tires stockpiled mainly in three monofills. There are three legal monofills in the state: the Hudson Tireville, located north of Hudson, Colorado, contained an estimated 31.5 million waste tires in 2011; the Midway Monofill, located south of Colorado Springs, Colorado, contained an estimated 26.3 million waste tires in 2011; and the Resource Management Company facility in Julesburg, Colorado, had an estimated 2.5 million waste tires (CDPHE 2012) There are also numerous illegal tire dumps and inventory accumulations scattered throughout the state. Each year, only Colorado drivers add more than 4.5 million scrap tires to the piles.
Although the State of Colorado has encouraged the recycling of used tires, there are companies that were being paid a monthly stipend for doing little more than dumping the waste in monofills. According to an article by David Migoya in The Denver Post in Nov. 2011, “State officials took the first steps to close a loophole in a program designed to encourage recycling of used tires but instead paid companies to dump them.”
Also, the Senate Bill 09-289 requires that all Colorado waste tire monofills must be eliminated by 2019. Once Gov. John Hickenlooper signs the bill into law, tire landfills won’t be able to accept tires after Jan. 1, 2018, and will have to close and clean up by 2024. In the meantime, landfills can take in only one tire for every two removed for recycling. This will make problem more complex as there is not enough processing capabilities to take care of tires that are wasted in State. We can safely assure that Denver Metropolitan area produces more than half of the scrap tires of the State, the pollution for transporting this waste is enormous, added to the ones that illegally disposed in the City.