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Using old tires as a building material?
New Scrap Tires Technology Produces T-Blocks
United States Scrap Tire Analogy
Colorado - Approximately 300 million used car and truck tires are
generated in the U.S. each year. More than 90% end up in landfills,
create fire hazard, insect breeding grounds and rodent habitat.
“Our research, over the last couple of years, for a positive
solution or use for scrap tires, has culminated into a product called
T-Blocks” stated, Gerald Harrington, Managing Director, of PMGI/Productive
Recycling. “Scrap tires are not only a waste of valuable landfill
space but a more serious waste of what is now a viable resource. To
illustrate the magnitude of the used tire problem the governments,
Solid Waste Management, reports indicate, there is one scrap tire
produced for every three people in the United States”.
The goal of PMGI was to look for an economical way to create types
of products made of used tires. They believe what is produced to be a
practical and decorative use of old tires.
Their new waste-tire technology (Patent Pending) called T-Blocks,
which are produced from old tires and concrete. T-Blocks provide a
variety of uses such as soil erosion control and slope protection.
Wetlands reconstruction, flood control, dike and levee construction,
culverts and weirs, holding ponds, channels and small dams. T-Blocks
would be excellent sub-foundation stabilizers or crucial point
cushions where vibration is a factor.
The program, “Tire Recycling Cooperative of America”, is member
based and where producers will operate as independent businesses for
collection, fabrication and T-Block delivery. Each T-Block Operation
area will be exclusive and defined by a population of 300,000.
Local junk or salvage yards are the ideal purveyors for scrap
tires. A valued component to the tire purveyor is the “Royalty
Payment” part of the program. While the Tire Purveyor pays the
standard fee for tire removal they earn a monetary return from each
T-Block sale, reaching as much as seven times the disposal charge. The
more than 17,000 auto salvage yards nationwide become the prime Tire
Purveyors and could also be the area T-Block Operation.
Becoming a member takes a small investment which is actually
prepayment foe their T-Block Machine Lease and provides an excellent
opportunity to be in business with minimal startup capital and plenty
of help. In addition T-Block Operations play a major environmental
role while reducing the number of used tires.
In asking about the process, Harrington explained, “A mobile
processing machine is used to prepare tires for fabrication, of both
standard and specialty T-Blocks, right at the tire purveyors location
and concrete is utilized. We continue to do research for optional
Standard blocks are 44 inches square and up to 6 feet in length and
starting at 1800 lbs. Interlocking design can be incorporated for
retaining-wall construction and allows for watertight seals when
desired or necessary. Each block consumes 20 to 40 used tires and
internal reinforcement assures structural integrity. Surface
treatment, such as, exposed aggregate or polished appearance can also
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