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Shredding tyres stops zika virus breeding

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Zika is a dangerous disease threatening millions of people today in southern hemisphere. It is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito (Ae. aegypti and Ae. albopictus). These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. Once you get bitten it is too late to do much but what is important is to prevent this mosquito from breeding.

Mosquitos typically lay eggs near water because young mosquitos need water to survive. Anything with standing water lures mosquitos to lay eggs. Pile of tires is a perfect place since entire tires hold water very well. Destroying places where mosquitoes lay eggs is an important step in stopping the zika epidemy. Anyone can remove standing water in his surroundings.

Professionals at local government agencies and mosquito control districts may collect and dispose of illegally dumped tires, clean up and maintain public spaces like parks and greenways, and clean up illegal dumps and roadside trash. For tire disposal TANA Shark shredder offers an interesting possibility. Shredding tire piles is a quick way of destroying an important breeding environment of the mosquito.

It can be brought where the tires are, they can be shred to pieces on site and if the tire shreds need to be transported more shreds than entire tires can be loaded on a truck. That means savings in transport costs. In the United States, where landfilling tires is in many states legal, landfill airspace can be saved when burying tire shreds instead of complete tires.

Tires have a very high caloric value and are good source of energy. It is a frequently used fuel in cement kilns but if waste to energy is not applicable, tire shreds can be used in many other ways. Building infrastructure like landfill structures, road construction and noise walls, using it in filtering of water, or reutilizing them as raw material. In addition to rubber, the steel wires of the tires will also be recovered and can be sold further earning a few extra dimes.

More detailed material of using tires please read www.tana.fi/recycling-processes/tyrewaste.

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