Tire Recycling: a necessity to save the marine world

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All over the world we are living with the concern of what to do with the large amount of garbage that exists on our planet. Among plastics, not separated organic waste, glass and tires, little by little the world begins to have more waste that begins to affect the ecosystems.

The sea is probably the largest tire dump in the world; at first sight this great problem cannot be observed. However, under the surface of the magnificent sea there are millions and millions of tires thrown waiting for someone to start doing a recycling job. Beaches around the world are full of garbage, but as we cannot see them in the news or the are not within our region we do not worry about it, but this problem should not be taken lightly because it is garbage that will travel through the sea contaminating more territories, affecting a large number of animals and human beings.

A couple of months ago, the marine research foundation “Algalita” proved the existence of an island of garbage in the South Pacific with an area of approximately 1242 square miles. This means that this island that travels by the ocean have the size of Mexico. During the study several tests were carried out in the water to determine the magnitude of the problem; the island is made up of a large amount of plastic sediments; this means that they are very small pieces of garbage that are disintegrating in the sea.

The problem is that as it disintegrates in the sea, it contaminates everything in its path. Animals such as birds and fish die due to the ingestion of these particles, which can lead to terrible consequences. Experts mention that in five years this great island of waste will grow until it is an unsustainable problem, causing the extinction of some species, changing the food chain, as well as the world we know today.

Each year, millions of tons of waste end up in the oceans. The problem is that when plastics or tires disintegrate in the oceans, it is very difficult to detect the presence of these microorganisms in the sea. Animals begin to consume these microorganisms constantly and this can cause mutations in animals. Plastics and tires are a silent problem, most people are not aware of the problem that is growing in the oceans.

Now there are 5 maritime zones that are already identified as islands or waste spots and are located in the Pacific North, South Pacific, two in the North Atlantic and one in the Indian Ocean. This means that spots are growing rapidly around the world is not a problem of countries, it is a global problem that we must fight because it is estimated that in 20 years there will be more plastics than fish in these areas. It is not an isolated problem, since pollution is spreading which can cause the contamination of fish that humans eat, as well as the water we consume.

In addition to these plastics we can remember that a few decades ago it was thought that the tires were not polluting, so they decided on an alternative to do the job of tire recycling in the oceans. The project consisted of creating artificial reefs with tires; it was thought that the species would begin to colonize the tires creating new ecosystems and that it would be beneficial for the marine flora and fauna as well as for fishing.

The problem is that this never happened. In some cases the tires did not resist the tides and hurricanes, so the tires dispersed throughout the world, damaging the marine world. In addition, animals never lived there because as the tires decompose emit toxic gases and metals that contaminate the subsoil, water and prevent the growth of the species.

This choice for tire recycling was not good, however some countries have begun to remove the tires that are still at the bottom of the sea to avoid further damage in the marine world. If we reflect on these two problems we can see that the current situation of contamination is terrible. Among the millions of tires that lie at the bottom of the oceans and the plastics that are creating islands of waste in a few years there will be more waste than marine life, creating mutations in animals, changing the food chain as well as promoting climate change.

For this reason it is very important that as citizens of the world we begin to think and analyze how we can contribute to make an efficient recycling of plastics, glass and tires. It is not a problem of a country; it is a world problem where if each person cooperates, we can achieve great changes.

Globarkettire was founded on this concern; we want to be a positive change in society. We are dedicated to tire recycling because it is one of the most difficult materials to recycle and we want to prevent tires from colonizing the world, so we are constantly working to find new uses for the tires so that they extend their useful life and do not end up in marine landfills.

At Globarkettire we offer solutions for tire recycling where we create products for gardening, landscaping, infill material, materials for sports fields, as well as for children’s games. The uses we can give to the tires are hundreds so we invite you to know our products. In addition, we have tire collection services, where we go throughout the state of California to pick up tires to prevent them from ending up in the sea or we invite you to schedule an appointment at our plant, where we have the tire recycling service and thus form part of this great movement to take care of the Earth and all the species that live in it.

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