If you are a sports fan, you might think that recycled tyres are only utilized in sporting venues when there are synthetic athletic tracks available. This is true that recycled tyres are employed in making synthetic tracks but it is not the only application. If you see sand or grass on the venue, don’t assume right away that they are real. As much as there are campaigns in providing budget tyres on the Gold Coast, there are also efforts in making sure that old tyres are not dumped carelessly.
If you look at a synthetic pitch made for soccer or hockey, you might be left in awe after a closer view reveals that rubber granules from recycled tyres are used in such a sophisticated manner. This is used because of its capacity to absorb shock, it is stable and when used as a base layer it can prove to be very durable.
Annually, Australia gathers a total of 56 million old tyres used by passenger vehicles. It is a challenge for the government to handle such a huge amount of rubber waste but it is greatly aided by rising demand for recycled rubber to be utilized in sports surfaces. Aside from the benefit it has to the environment, synthetic surfaces have also benefited the players on the field. Players expressed their contentment because it has help in their traction, the impact injuries are lower and facilities can be used no matter the weather.
Tyre Stewardship Australia is an industry cooperative program that is supported by both the federal government and the state. It has been approved by the ACCC and works in partnership with the Local Government Authorities in campaigning the importance of the sport surface as it has helped not the just the environment but the community as well. The cooperative is working to conduct research in order to improve their current products.
Aside from the sport surfaces, rubber granules are also combined with coarse river sand to be used in arenas. Hopefully once the budget tyres on the Gold Coast are ready to be dispose, it can be used in useful projects such as this.