Unfortunately, a rubber-based fire may burn for months, if not years. Furthermore, the consequences on air quality in the surrounding area make this a risky and unethical method of recycling tyres.
The best way to recycle old tyres is through a recognised recycling scheme. These can either be done at local waste disposal sites or at recycling plants that buy mixed municipal solid waste. The recycled material can then be used to make new tyres or other products.
When you throw away old tires, don't put them in the trash can. Tires contain heavy metals and other chemicals that will leach into the soil or be released into the atmosphere when they decompose. If you do need to get rid of tires, here are some places to take them:
A tire recycling facility will take any type of tire as long as they are clean and intact. They will also accept used ones if they are certified for reuse. These facilities will break down the rubber and use the metal inside for other purposes. Then they will create new products from the steel and glass fragments left over after removing the metal.
Tire dumps are areas where old tires are placed to allow air and water to escape and prevent damage from occurring due to exposure to heat, smoke, and gas.
It is not a good idea to try to melt rubber or plastic. Such flames emit a lot of smoke, which contains harmful chemicals emitted by the breakdown of synthetic rubber compounds while they burn. Tires that are on fire are heated, and since they have little thermal conductivity, it is difficult to cool them down. This can lead to burning through the tire wall.
People who work with such materials must always use protection against inhaling fumes and avoid skin contact with any kind of flame or hot object. The heat from melting plastic may be enough to cause damage to flesh if it comes in contact with the body.
The only time I would say it's safe to touch a fire with rubber gloves on is if there are no metal parts inside the glove and they aren't wet with water. If the glove starts to smoke, then it's time to take it off.
If you do get burned by rubber, wash the area immediately with soap and water. The skin should be cleaned even if you don't feel any pain because some chemicals can get into the body through small cuts or abrasions. If you are working with chemicals that are flammable or toxic, such as caustic soda or chlorine, wear protective clothing and equipment. These things are usually sold together at home improvement stores.
As for plastic, the same rules apply. Don't eat it, drink it, or put it in your mouth.
Extinguishing a tire fire using water and/or foam is frequently ineffective. Water is most effective in preventing neighboring, unburned tires from igniting. Smothering a tire fire with mud or sand is typically the easiest way to put out a fire. Typically, heavy machinery is used to move sand or soil to conceal the burning tires. This prevents further ignition of surrounding material.
The best way to prevent a tire fire from starting in the first place is not to overload vehicles with fuel-guzzling engines. Use low-sulfur fuels as much as possible. If you must use high-sulfur fuels such as crude oil or natural gas, then install a sulfur filter on your vehicle's exhaust system. This will reduce emissions of toxic gases if there are ever any leaks in the tire itself.
If you do start a tire fire, the first thing to do is stop driving over it! The driver may be able to back up a few feet before it becomes impassable. Stay away from the smoke as well as hot spots and wet areas until the fire is out. Make sure to wear protective clothing when working near open flames.
Once the fire is out, search the area for smoking tires that might still be capable of spreading flames. If they are intact, blow them out with a can of air or a pump bottle of pressurized air. Do not try to burn off the tires' belts because they will just burn off again later.
Rubber tires are made up of a number of highly flammable substances, including carbon, oil, benzene, toluene, rubber, and sulfur. As a result, tires provide more heat per pound than most coal. At around 1000 degrees Fahrenheit, tires emit flammable fumes. So if your tire goes out on the road, be sure not to throw it away without checking for fires.
Tires also contain zinc oxide and silica, which can cause respiratory problems if they're not removed before burning. Carbon black, which is used to make tires harder, stiffer, and lighter, can lead to severe lung disease when it is burned.
Oil that has leaked from vehicles or equipment can burn for hours or days after it is dropped. The fuel tank and other parts of a vehicle containing oil should never be thrown away. Instead, take the car to a recycling facility. Also, certain chemicals used in manufacturing processes can be hazardous to burn. These include phthalates and phenols. If you do burn such materials, follow these tips to minimize pollution and danger:
Only burn solid materials in an outdoor fire pit or grill. This will prevent any gases that may be released during combustion from entering the air intake of your house or office building.
Make sure the material you are burning is completely dry. Water increases fire risk and could cause explosions if the right conditions are present.