Affects the quality of seawater
Yes, tire waste greatly affects the generality of marine life and the quality of seawater. Since [tire waste] is highly durable and non-biodegradable, it will take 50 to 80 years before it starts decomposing. This is a huge problem, especially [since] tire waste tops the materials that consume the most space in the landfills.
Bottom line: According to a study by Pieter Jan Kole at The Open University of The Netherlands in 2017 (published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health), tire wastes represent 10 percent of overall microplastic waste in the world’s oceans.
Can affect the overall ecosystem
Yes, they do. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, tires contribute to 30% of plastic being released into the oceans each year. These wastes, when consumed by a variety of marine life, can affect the overall ecosystem in the ocean resulting in the death of various animals.
Heavily affects all sea life
I’m very adamant about teaching my loved ones of the dangers [that] the disregard of the environment can bring to us, and that’s why I plan to lead by example. Tire waste accounts for more or less 10% of the microplastic waste in oceans and therefore heavily affects all sea life and us as well. In order to prevent this from happening, I’ve been constantly looking for ways to reuse tires and incorporate them into any of my projects.
Stuck in the ocean
Tire material is not something that decomposes, and [it] can get stuck in the ocean for a very long time. With a lot of people treating the ocean as their personal garbage can, we still see a lot of tires getting put into it, despite the reminders that it is bad for the environment. In time, there will be more waste in the ocean, which will affect the life inside of it and mean less fish that we can eat. [It will also make] the ecosystem of the ocean smaller, having a huge effect on the environment.
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