Waste tyres form an ideal receptacle for water, which remains there for long periods, becoming ideal breeding grounds for insects including mosquitoes which contributes to the spreading of malaria. Waste tyre piles can also harbour other vermin, such as rats and snakes.
Fires and Air Pollution
Waste tyres piles can be set on fire through arson or accident, these fires are difficult to put out once ignited, virtually impossible to extinguish and threatening the life and health of communities around the area. Acrid smoke generated from illegal tyres fires lit by scavengers to recover the scrap steel content causes respiratory problems, pollution of the air and surfaces. Dripping fluids contaminates the soil and water resources.