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The Impact of Commercial Truck Tires on the Environment

The Impact of Commercial Truck Tires on the Environment

The impact of commercial truck tires on the environment is a significant concern, as waste tires are commonly found along highways and interstates. To address this issue, the industry is promoting tire recycling to reduce tire waste. At STTC, we contribute to this effort by retreading commercial tires daily to extend their lifespan and reduce waste. Our semi truck road service also helps to mitigate the impact of commercial truck tires on the environment by replacing tires at the site of a blowout, reducing the amount of tire debris left on the roadside. This service also provides convenience to our customers, allowing them to get back on the road quickly and safely.


Learn more about the environmental impact of tire waste. 


Because they do not break down easily and decompose, tires pollute ecosystems with their waste. Whether these tires sit in landfills or on the side of the road, they take up space that is not recoverable. Also, the tires can release greenhouse gases in the air from sitting in the sun. Discarded tires release chemicals that seep into the groundwater, polluting rivers, lakes and the oceans. Time is of the essence when it comes to more efficient ways of dealing with tire waste.

Wasting Resources 

Commercial truck tires have a significant impact on the environment due to the high-tech manufacturing process that requires substantial financial investments. The production of tires relies on numerous resources, including rubber trees that take up to six years to mature and synthetic rubber that requires 20 gallons of oil to produce one tire. The manufacturing process of new tires can also harm the environment. It is crucial that we find ways to recycle tires and use limited natural resources more efficiently. When our technicians are called in for semi truck road service, they assess the condition of a truck’s tires and offer advice on whether new tires are needed or if the existing commercial tires can be retreaded, reducing the environmental impact of tire waste.


Tire Emissions During a Fire 

The impact of commercial truck tires on the environment is evident when they are burned, as they are highly flammable and difficult to extinguish. Traditional methods, such as water, are not effective, and the chemicals used to put out tire fires can increase emissions, exacerbating the pollution problem. Tire fires create significant air, water, and soil pollution due to their quick ignition and prolonged burning time. When tires are left in landfills or on the side of the road, the risk of a tire fire becomes even greater, which can lead to even more severe environmental consequences. It’s essential that we find better ways to deal with tire waste, such as tire recycling and retreading, to reduce the likelihood of tire fires and minimize their environmental impact.


Recycle Commercial Tires with Retreading Services 

Retreading commercial truck tires is one of the most effective ways to extend the life of tires and reduce the environmental impact of tire waste. By retreading tires, we can use the cores for as long as possible before disposing of them. At STTC, we follow the strictest industry standards for safety and quality in the retreading process. Our commitment to transparency ensures that only safe and reliable retreaded tires make it back on the road.

In fact, retreading tires is estimated to save the North American trucking industry over $2 billion each year while also reducing the amount of tire waste and associated environmental impact.


Retread tires can make your tire management program more cost-effective. We can produce a retread using only 7 gallons of oil, compared with 20 gallons that it takes to manufacture one new tire. 


STTC has been offering truck tire service since 1955. We recycle tires to protect the environment and to help you reduce your fleet costs. 

Contact us to learn more about retreading and our semi truck road service for your commercial fleets.


Further Reading on Tire Retreading Insights

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