This may be a really dumb question but…Could they use old rubber tires to reinforce…or something…the roads? Is there ANY logical use for old tires?
It’s been looked into, but it looks like there hasn’t been much progress.
Used for embankments, sound like there is a problem with it starting on fire sometimes.
In our minesite before, they lined the driveway and repair areas for the big haulpacks (giant trucks) with old rubber conveyor belts. The engineers explained it was to minimize the risk of a tire puncture while there were lots of people around. A haulpack’s giant tire could kill someone up close if it blows.
Rubberized asphalt – regular asphalt mixed with ground up rubber bits – has been used in road building for some 20 years now.
From Arizona Department of Transportation: Quiet Pavement Program
More uses for ground rubber, straight from the EPA: Ground Rubber Applications
Wikipedia page: Rubberized asphalt
On the UK’s first toll motorway the builders used 1 million copies of Mills & Boon romance novels to strengthen the ashphalt.
There is --or used to be-- a company that make shingles that looked exactly like the old slate shingles out of recycled tires. The recycled tire version would be much lighter than slate, meaning they could be used on pretty much any roof without reinforcing the structure underneath (which would be expensive). IIRC, they had a 50 year warranty. Some “composite” shingles today only have 15 years.
A durable roof like that is big plus when you go to sell your home, as well as providing a lot of peace of mind in between.
There’s something that just, er, poetic about that.
Uncle Ho Chi Minh’s combat boots?