Scrap Tyres

What happens to my scrap tyres?

The European land fill directive has prevented whole tyres being sent to land fill sites since July 2003. Currently it is estimated that around 100,000 used tyres are removed every day from cars, vans and trucks in the U.K

Tyres removed are collected by licensed waste management companies and taken to granulators, who in turn shred the tyres into rubber crumb.

The rubber crumb is then used by the cement industry as a fuel or can be used in a variety of civil engineering applications such as soil erosion and drainage projects.

Over 80% of all collected tyres in the UK are recovered and recycled, which makes the UK one of the most successful member states within the E.U. for tyre recycling.

image: scrap tyre pile,


image: uses of scrap tyres

The cat is just one of a zoo of beasts made by artist Ji Yong-Ho out of nothing but second-hand rubber.

Powerfully muscled sharks, lions and rhinos also feature in his collection, with their flesh fashioned from strips of old tractor, bike and car tyres.

Each one takes three months to make and can sell for up to £52,000.

‘Rubber is very flexible, like skin and muscles,’ says Mr Ji, explaining his preference for the medium.

‘The product is from nature but here it’s changed. It looks scary,’ he added.

The 31-year-old artist from Seoul, South Korea, was inspired by a – particularly boring – childhood memory of the spare tyre on his family’s Jeep Wrangler.

He was also intrigued by the transformation of a natural material into an industrial product.

‘I wanted to express that tyres, which are intended for modern society, came from nature and can then be reborn as a yet another new form of life,’ he added.