Operacion No mas Llantas Inutiles en Puerto Rico / Operation No More Waste Tires in Puerto Rico
Dear Michael,Your email has been forwarded to me for reply.
The best course of action to remove scrap tires as a breeding source for disease carrying mosquitos is to pull them all off the landscape and process them into other useful products like mulch, tire derived fuel, ground tire rubber, tire derived aggregate and the like. Our 2015 US Scrap Tire Management Report described the markets in the US (though not in the Caribbean). It is found on our website along with voluminous other materials at www.rma.org
Enforcement of existing laws or perhaps stronger statutes is necessary to assure that transporters, processors and generators are managing scrap tires to minimize mosquito generation. Even used tire or retread tire facilities can have large numbers of tires exposed to the elements which can then breed mosquitos in a short time. Even a single scrap tire laying in a yard can generate large numbers of mosquitos which speaks to public education and ease of managing.
If money is no object, and landfill space is no object, the fastest thing to do is shred and landfill dispose of all scrap tires. However, this wastes the material value of the scrap tire including the metal and fuel values among other things.
I’m only aware of two processors in Puerto Rico:
Multi-Recycling & Manufacturing Corp at Caugas (787)645-7381
These facilities plus the Puerto Rico Environmental Agency and their websites may have additional information you could find helpful.