Number Tires Imported USVI
Does anybody else find the statistic that keeps poping up in the papers and various discussions about Denegue fever that the USVI imports 280,000 tires annually unbelievable?
How with a total population of 110,000 and so few miles of road how could the motorists in the VI possibly be using so many tires? In my estimate, for the VI to use this many tires, every car and truck in the VI would need to replace its tires annually. From my driving 6,500 miles in the past twelve months my tires are fine. I figure even wuth the harsh UV exposure and rough roads I can get three years on a set of tires and this is on a heavy GMC Jimmy
Good question, but since I moved here in Dec I have had to replace 2 tires due to the condition of the roads and the stuff that I have run over such as nails and glass. The tire business is a great business to be in here on St. Croix.
hmmmmmmmmmmmm. Dengue Fever and Tires: Tires Dengue Fever....coincidence????
I wish I could post a picture I have of the tires at the landfill on STT. The pile of tires is as big as some islands I have seen. And yes, we do go thru tires rather quickly. I find myself grinding away tread going up steep hills, rocky driveways, and around bends in the road. The number does seem high though. They have a tire shreader now, but not in operation that I know of. There are several technologies that use shreaded tires for roads, shoulders by roads, kids playgrounds, etc, but the V.I. has not tapped into them. I wish they would. It is a near perfect recycling method and since the tires are not leaving island anytime soon...
Here in Az they have been using shredded tires in the pavement on the roads. It seems to hold up and it is really quieter when driving on it.
Many of the tires being imported are used tires. Not even re-treads, but just tires with barely enough tread still on them to be street legal. The roads on St. Croix do chew up tires in a hurry. I've replaced at least 10 tires on three vehicles in the past year and had to plug numerous holes from sharp rocks penetrating. As a realtor, I do drive roads that not everyone experiences. For all of you who live on paved streets, there is someone who lives on a dirt and rock road who has to replace tires with greater frequency than you do. The numbers sound high, but I know I never went through tires on the mainland the way I have since moving to St. Croix.