Cars, car parts & tyres

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What to do with...

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Approximately 18 million waste tyres need to be disposed of annually in Australia. The disposal of used tyres at waste depots can cause problems and therefore requires specialised methods of disposal.Car tyres lined up in a criss-cross pattern

Theoretically, it's possible to recover the raw materials from tyres, though there is little or no disposal by this method due to the high cost. Of the 15 million tyres disposed of annually, a number are retreads. Retreading represents tyre re-use rather than tyre recycling and it ultimately only delays tyre disposal.

An organisation called Tyrecycle collects scrap and imperfect tyres from manufacturers, retailers, local councils and other sources, and processes them in accordance with environmental regulations. The company is the largest tyre recycler in Australia, collecting approximately seven million tyres and supplying approximately ten thousand metric tonnes of high quality rubber crumb annually. In addition, over 2500 metric tonnes of steel is recycled through the same process.

The crumb is widely used in tyre manufacturing, road repairs, soft fall surfacing, horse arenas, brake pads, tile adhesives, insulation purposes and sporting surfaces, etc.

The remaining tyres are used mainly for civil engineering projects, fuel for energy recovery systems and drainage aggregates.

It is important to ensure that the mechanic or garage you use recycles your tyres. Tyre service centres such as Kmart Tyre & Auto Service and Beaurepaires will recycle your tyres for free when you purchase new ones. To locate a business within the Illawarra click on the following link - www.recyclingnearyou.com.au/tyres/KiamaNSW.

If you are not purchasing new tyres, you can dispose of tyres for a fee at the Dunmore Recycling and Waste Disposal Depot.

 

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Car parts can be recycled through an auto wreckers.  Car parts which are made from metal and no longer usable can be disposed of free of charge at the Community Recycling Centre at our Minnamurra Waste & Recycling Facility.  

 

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You can dispose of all items at least 75% metal, such as cars, at the Community Recycling Centre at our Minnamurra Waste & Recycling Facility.

There are also various 'scrap metal merchants' within the Illawarra that accept all metal products. Refer to the Yellow Pages for more information.