Seal tires: harm to the environment

Bonn, February 07.02.2023th, XNUMX Seal tires are equipped with a protective layer that is intended to prevent punctures. There are problems with disposal: Seal tires cannot be recycled. Certified disposal companies therefore require special labeling of the tyres.

Seal tires have an extra layer of protection on the inside. If there is a puncture in the tread area, a silicone-based sealant seals the leak. According to the manufacturers, the principle of the self-sealing tire is intended to ensure greater safety, but it is problematic for the environment: after the tire's service life, the additional coating can no longer be removed. For this reason, Seal tires are not recyclable: in waste disposal companies, they can damage the shredder systems, contaminate the recyclate and increase the risk of fire. Retreading or material recycling is not possible. Seal tires can only be burned. “Every year, 550.000 tons of old tires accumulate in Germany. Seal tires are unsuitable for sustainable tire recycling in terms of the circular economy and increase the disposal problem," says Christina Guth, network coordinator of the ZARE initiative.

Tires are also not without controversy when it comes to safety: Experts criticize the "deceptive safety" that Seal tires convey, since damage to the tire often goes unnoticed and can pose a safety risk.1

Higher disposal costs

The ZARE initiative is an amalgamation of 19 companies organized in the Federal Association of Tire Trade and Vulcanizing Trades (BRV), 17 of which are certified waste management companies. The ZARE partners have set themselves the task of raising awareness of professional tire recycling in Germany. ZARE informs drivers about the environmentally friendly disposal of used tires. At 26 locations, the ZARE partners cover almost all of Germany and the Netherlands.

1 https://www.krafthand.de/artikel/truegerische-sicherheit-65007/

About the ZARE initiative

The ZARE initiative is an amalgamation of 19 companies organized in the Federal Association of Tire Trade and Vulcanizing Trades (BRV), 17 of which are certified waste management companies. The ZARE partners have set themselves the task of raising awareness of professional tire recycling in Germany. ZARE informs drivers about the environmentally friendly disposal of used tires. At 26 locations, the ZARE partners cover almost all of Germany and the Netherlands.

The partners of the initiative are:

Allgemeine Gummiwertstoff und Reifenhandels GmbH, Bender Reifen Recycling GmbH, CVS Reifen GmbH, Danninger OHG Spezialtransporte, G & K Recycling Utsch GmbH, Hartung Speditions-, Handels- und Transport GmbH, HRV GmbH, KARGRO BV, KRAIBURG Austria GmbH & Co. KG, KURZ Karkassenhandel GmbH, Mondo Reifenmarkt GmbH, MRH Mülsener Rohstoff- und Handelsgesellschaft mbH, NZ-Entsorgung eK, PVP Triptis GmbH, Reifen DRAWS GmbH, Reifen Külshammer, Reifengruppe Ruhr, REIFEN OKA - Reifenhandel, Reifen Recyclingbetrieb Brenz GmbH, TireTech GmbH

 

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Caption: If undetected seal tires get into the shredder systems, massive disruptions can occur.

Source: KURZ Karkassenhandel GmbH

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