According tomedia reports, although we may think that automobile exhaust is the main source of air pollution, but in fact another part of the car – tires are also causing environmental problems, which greatly increased microplastic pollution. In response, a new on-board device has emerged that can be used to collect rubber particles falling off the tires.
Microplastics are known to refer to plastic fragments with a diameter of less than 5 mm. In addition to falling off from car tires, these particles are produced as large chunks of plastic waste break down into smaller pieces, and microbeads used in products such as toothpaste can also bring microplastics when they enter the environment, or even fibers like synthetic garments that fall off during washing become a source of microplastics. These particles may be eaten by fish, which in turn are eaten by humans, after they enter the sewers.
Now, A team of British art and science students, Tyre Collective, has decided to do something about it. Led by Professor Robert Shorten of Imperial College London, they developed a prototype device installed next to a car’s tyres.
Since the device is mounted on the steering section of the car tire, each tire is fitted with such a thing.
When a tire is rolling, live rubber particles fly out of the tire and are collected in the device’s storage unit under static electricity. It is reported that the device will periodically remove and empty the debris so that they can be recycled.
According to the organization, particles less than 50 microns can then be used in new tire production, while larger fragments may be used as 3D printing media, soundproofing materials, inks and dyes.
At present, the prototype of the device has been tested on a fixed laboratory equipment. Team member Hanson Cheng told the media that they want edadded the technology as soon as possible.