Any material made up of potentially harmful chemicals when burned release pollution to the atmosphere. Therefore rubber when burned produces pollution, especially if car tires are burned. This produces a large amount of gas and harmful particulates that are released into the environment.
While it can be said that tires have a simillar calorific value to coal and generate simillar polutants when combusted it should be understood that given the complex chemicals used in the manufacture of the tire the final impact on the environment have much worse implications. The tire contains volatile organic compounds such as benzene, metals such as lead, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons such as benzo(a)pyrene, and synthetic rubber components such as butadiene and styrene. Additionally, the halobutyl (chlorine) content in tires leads to the creation of dioxins and furans. None of this is meant or accewptable for human consumption, certainly not in our air. The answer is a resounding yes, the burning of tires for energy generation or solid waste management generates highly noxious and toxic discharge and has been and will continue to be a substantial source of pollution until stopped.
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