Learn how to contribute to the recycling of your tires!
Worn vehicle tires are waste that is not allowed to be disposed of in landfills but should be recovered in accordance with the rules of European legislation with priority given to recycling and secondarily to energy recovery.
Ecoelastika, as the only approved ELT co for used tires in Greece, has taken over their organized management, which is the whole process of collecting, transporting, and recovering them.
End-of-life tires can be used as raw material to produce other vulcanized rubber goods. This type of recovery, according to legislation, is considered recycling.
The tires are shredded by mechanical processing, in various stages, which gives every time smaller and smaller pieces of rubber. At the same time, takes place a mechanical separation of all the materials that tires are made of.
The end-products resulting from the mechanical processing of end-of-life tires are the following:
All 3 of the above materials are used in final applications.
End-of-life tires and their processing by-products (e.g., textiles) can also be used for energy recovery. In this case we talk about energy recovery/co-incineration, usually taking place in cement industries or other energy-intensive industries (e.g., steel, paper industry, etc.). In our country, energy recovery taking place in the cement industry (around 10%) is a completely safe process, which does not produce any combustion residues, since they are incorporated in the final product (clinker). On the other hand, the gaseous emissions from this practice are controlled online and are similar to conventional solid fuel emissions (e.g., PET coke).
The variety of products resulting from the recycling of useless tires is quite extensive and can be used in a broad pallete of applications.
Some of these applications include:
Processing and recycling
What exactly is going on?
These words encompass complex and fascinating procedures.
See what happens with your end-of-life tires and how we give them a whole new life.
Ecoelastika rewards the citizens who, by choosing an ecoelastikaspot to change their tires, contribute to the fomenting of recycling and environment protection.
Our Facebook page facebook.com/ecoelastika runs a sweepstake program, which offers monthly free tires for private cars and motorcycles.
By participating in this effort
you contribute to…
What is it? Why? How much?
When you buy a new tire from an ecoelastikaspot, the price includes
an environmental fee.
What is this environmental fee? Why are you paying it? How much does it cost?
3 simple questions demanding clear answers. Here it goes:
The environmental fee is an amount you pay at purchasing a new tire, which is incorporated in the invoice/receipt of retail sale.
This contribution applies to all new tires sold for use in the Greek market.
Therefore, it concerns all new tires sold within the country’s territory, applying both on tire replacement and on new vehicles.
Ecoelastika is a non-profit company, and as such, does not market any product, nor has any financial gain from the actions it undertakes.
The environmental fee is its only source of revenue and covers the totality of the end-of-life tires management cost, which includes their collection and transport, as well as the environmentally friendly processing in licensed recovery units aiming at the fabrication of added-value recycling products.
Additionally, the environmental fee covers all actions related to informing and raising public awareness on the subject.
The environmental fee always reflects the real total cost of the whole process, from collection to the processing of end-of-life tires. The amount charged has been approved by the Hellenic Recycling Agency (HRA)
See the environmental fee corresponding to each tire category.
Tires of any category with an exterior diameter larger than 1600 mm and compact industrial vehicle tires are excluded from the above categories and will not be charged an environmental fee.
Is it time to change the tires of your car or moto?
Now is the time to choose a responsible and certified collection point, an ecoelastikaspot. This way you can be sure that they will not be thrown away, but they will be led to recycling through Ecoelastika’s system for the ecological management of useless tires.
There are 3422 ecoelastikaspots collection points in Greece and there is certainly one near you.
YOU CAN CHOOSE NOT TO WEIGH DOWN YOUR LIVING ENVIRONMENT.
See the list of the contracted collection points, ecoelastikaspots.
Prevention: Take care of your tires!
Avoiding the wear of your tires depends largely on how you treat them.
The more your tires last, the better for the environment, for your safety, and for your wallet!
Here are 3 good reasons to keep your tires properly inflated.
Proper tire pressure ensures slower wear. Thus, your tires don’t end up so quickly in waste. The more the tires last, the more waste we avoid!
If everyone correctly inflates their tires monthly, we collectively save up to 80 million litres of fuel! This accounts for 350k. less CO2 emissions.
Wrong tire pressure reduces diving comfort, the adherence to the road, and increase the braking distance. It also increases the risk of slippage.
So, it is a wonder that only 1 in 5 drivers check their tire pressure regularly every month. The right tire pressure ensures better traction and safer driving!
Your wallet also suffers from increased fuel consumption and faster tire wear. Is your tire pressure 20% lower than recommended? Then you should calculate a shorter tire life by at least 25%.
If the pressure is 30% lower than recommended, then your tire’s life can be reduced by half!
Correct tire use can save you quickly a lot of money.
Properly inflated tires can save you up to 300€!