As temperatures this summer have soared on the west coast, global warming is a topic at the top of everyone’s minds. What more can we do to protect the environment? While waste tires are a significant environmental pollutant when they are dumped in landfills and empty lots. Finding eco-friendly ways to dispose of used tires is vital to the future of our planet. Read more to find out what our readers suggest.
Eden Cheng

Eden Cheng

Eden Cheng, Co-Founder of PeopleFinderFree.

Exchange, Recycle, Repurpose

Tires don’t last forever, and when they start to become worn out and irreparable, most people dump them in landfills to get rid of them. However, the problem is that it can lead to serious environmental damage, which is why people are looking for new ways to recycle their used tires.

One of the best ways is to exchange them at your local garage. This [exchange] works because many car servicing companies will be able to switch out your old tires for new ones at an affordable cost. They will then often be in a position to re-use them for their purposes.

You can also choose to recycle the tires for your purposes, like in the garden, by turning them into herb pots, for example. You can just fill them with manure, soil, and whatever plants, vegetables, or fruits you are looking to grow in your garden.

Alternatively, you can be direct about it by heading to your local waste recycling center, which should be able to responsibly dispose of your tires, but you may need to check with your local council to confirm that it is legal to do so. You should keep in mind that there may also be a small disposing charge that you have to pay.

Another method that you can consider is to take them to local parks, military stations, zoos, or sports clubs in your area. In most cases, they will find a good use for these old tires. All you have to do is go online, find the contact information for some of these places, and ask if they have any use for your old tires. Chances are, at least one of them will be willing to take them off your hands. For instance, many athletes, or even military personnel, will use them for exercise. So, donating these tires to these individuals or groups is a worthwhile endeavor.

Two Unique Ways to Get Rid of Your Used Tires

Give out said tires to shoemakers.
One way in which I dispose of my used car tires is by giving them out to the shoemakers in my neighborhood who collect these tires and convert them to the rubber material used in the production of shoe soles for shoes, sandals, and sneakers.

Donate to the arts and crafts community.
There are so many arts and craft artisans that make use of used tires to create masterpieces in the form of art, which can be sold for a lot of money. So, instead of just dumping your used tires in the garage to gather dust or at a dumpster, you can donate them for free to any artisan who uses mostly rubber or tires to create art. They’ll appreciate it. It is also a good way to upcycle used tires in an environmentally friendly way.

Adanna Jideofor

Adanna Jideofor

Adanna Jideofor is the PR Manager of Oliver Wicks, a Menswear Clothing Brand.

Matthew Paxton

Matthew Paxton

Matthew Paxton, Founder of Hypernia.

Donate it to Nearby Gyms

Even though you might have no use for those old tires in your garage, you can increase their lifespan by visiting a gym or sports club near you and ask if they’d like to take them off your hands! Tires can be used for unique and extremely challenging workouts. Not only are you doing your part in keeping them out of landfills, but you’re also helping other people stay fit!

Upcycle and Recycle

There is no environmental way to dispose of tires. They take millions of years to degrade. The only [eco-friendly] way to get rid of them is to upcycle and recycle them. You may bring them to your local playground and convert them to swings and other mini rides. You can also create artsy stuff out of the tires like plant boxes, sculptures, or other artwork. Some people use old tires to keep their roofs from flying.

Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson, Founder, and Owner of Sawinery.
Harriet Chan

Harriet Chan

Harriet Chan, Co-founder of CocoFinder.

Green Disposal Methods Of Used Tires

You’ve probably seen them everywhere, from the curbs to lonely fields, and they’re a major pollutant. When you need to get rid of your used tires, there are a few ways to do it that don’t involve filling up the dumpster with tons of old rubber. Here’s what you need to know about ‘green’ disposal methods.

Fuel: Waste tires are being used as a fuel source in cement kilns and boilers to produce electricity.

Tire Chips: By cutting up tires and mixing them with asphalt, you can create a rubber additive that is used to resurface roads.

Crumb rubber: Crumbling tires into small pieces creates tire crumb, which is used as an infill for various surfaces such as athletic tracks, playgrounds, and even golf bunkers.

Used Tire Ballast: Tires have also been used to stabilize roadbeds and railroad tracks.

Tire-Derived Aggregate (TDA): Tires that do not pass inspection can be ground up and mixed with asphalt to produce an aggregate for use in road paving. It also lowers the cost of asphalt because it replaces more expensive materials such as stone or gravel.

C.A.T. (Compacted Asphalt Technology): This process involves compacting used tires into a third of their original volume and then sealing the resulting pellet with an epoxy resin. The pellets can be placed back into the tire, which is then filled with fresh rubber and resealed.

Rubberized asphalt: This process involves mixing used tires with asphalt and adding recycled waste materials such as old plastic bottles, glass, and newspapers. The resulting mixture is then used in place of regular asphalt for paved roads.

Innovative tire recycling methods like these are making a significant impact on the environment by reducing landfill waste and greenhouse gas emissions.

4 Environmentally Friendly Uses for Tires

Disposed tires are a huge menace. Landfilling of tires contributes to a major problem. 75% of the total space they [occupy] is hollow, which becomes a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Many countries have made it mandatory to recycle disposed-off tires. Ways to do that in an eco-friendly manner are:

  • Shredded tire chips are an economical and eco-friendly alternative to gravel. They have the same properties and allow the water to filter through with ease.
  • It can make for a comfy dog bed.
  • Up and coming eco-friendly office campuses and cafés have repurposed old tires by turning them into seats and tables.
  • Play parks can use it for many purposes, such as to make swings and as collision resistors for go-karting arenas.

Apply the famous saying, “One man’s trash can be another man’s treasure” to recycle tires.

Adam Rowles

Adam Rowles

Adam Rowles of Reduce Power Bills.

This is a crowdsourced article. Contributors are not necessarily affiliated with this website and their statements do not necessarily reflect the opinion of this website, other people, businesses, or other contributors.