A researcher in the United Kingdom may have come up with an answer to an old problem: what to do with the millions of tires that are discarded annually.
Old tires are a huge problem — they're dumped, they're buried, they're piled into mile-high mountains. If you stacked all the stockpiled and landfilled waste tires in the United States on top of each other, they would reach the moon. Lay them end to end and they
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resins, fragrances and is even used as a straight, green swap for ozone-destroying CFCs.
Pyrolysis is not a complete replacement, it's just part of the mix of different processes that will provide the solution to the tire problem.
Williams' work is funded by a grant from the United Kingdom's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. He is working closely with several commercial enterprises and expects the process to be commercially available within a few years.