How to Recycle Tires

by Michael A. Anderson
Recycle Tires

Multiply the millions of cars tearing down the nation’s roads by four, and it isn’t hard to appreciate how worn-out tires can quickly accumulate and cause problems for society. If you work on cars at home or live in ranch conditions, you, undoubtedly, have several them lying about.


If you don’t want to add so much to the glut of these artifacts piling up in tire farms, perhaps you’ll first consider turning some of them into planters, tetherball stands, or eco-friendly structures with said tires as the bones thereof.

Do you need any bumpers for your boat dock or the back of the garage where your teenager comes barreling in at frightening speeds?

Other uses include stacking into hillsides for erosion prevention, planters, and even an excellent tire swing for the kids. Some genuinely creative types are also turning the darned things into art, which makes sense when you consider it takes thousands of years for one of them to decompose. Talk about immortality through your art! And you don’t even have to worry about the kids breaking it while roughhousing in the living room.

With all of this in mind, there comes the point where most of us just don’t have the time or general wherewithal to go to such lengths. This is when it comes time to seek the more common sources of recycling submission, namely the various companies and organizations set up correctly to deal with such things.

tires being recycled


If you do your homework and would feel better knowing precisely where your castoffs will be put to good use, seek the various companies that actively convert them to products such as the ever-so-popular rubber sidewalks that are all the rage these days. Other companies turn them into such things as the very asphalt they wore themselves out rolling over. This is one of the more poetic solutions.


If all other avenues are out of the question for you, the most obvious solution is to return the tires to the tire companies, or a repair and service stations. These places are well-equipped to dispose of your old tires, although you might have to pay a small per-tire fee.

Last, and perhaps most contact your local waste management organization and inquire about after a drop-off site, but don’t even think about trying to sneak them into your regular refuse as this is generally forbidden on multiple levels and likely to result in fines and charges, not to mention bad environmental karma.

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