You took time to research the best deal on great tires. You carefully maintained tire pressure, balance and alignment. You even cleaned your tires and rims regularly to ensure they not only performed well, but looked beautiful. Then comes the day when your tire tread is worn and you must replace your tires. When you buy new tires, you have several options available for dealing with the old ones. Keep them piled in your garage or yard, dispose of them illegally, re-purpose them, or recycle them.

Setting aside illegal options, you need to know that most landfills today will not accept tires, so it’s best not to even try. If you leave them in a pile in your garage you risk the chance of toxic fumes accumulating or worse, an accidental spark starting a rubber fire. Even a single tire left in a yard or garage can attract vermin looking to nest — and outdoors they can collect water which is a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes.

While re-purposing tires into planters, swings, etc., is an option, most people procrastinate and end up with a stockpile of tires. Ultimately, it’s best to plan on recycling tires as soon as they come off your vehicle.

Ways to Recycle

If you purchase new tires like /tires-for-sale/pro-comp-tires/ , the dealer may be able to recycle your old tires for you. Some shops may charge a small fee per tire, so be sure to ask ahead of time.

If you purchased your tires online or have a retail dealer that doesn’t recycle, contact your local government (city or state) and see if they have a recycling center that accepts tires.

Check your local business listings to see if there is a commercial dealer who will recycle your tires. Some will pick up a load of tires from your home, so you can get rid of old tires that you’ve accumulated over the years/decades.

Whichever way you choose, once you have recycled your tires you will know that you have reduced hazardous waste and the risk of toxic chemicals and fires. Instead, your tires will be shredded for use as material in things like playground and highway asphalt, as construction backfill, and as a component in tire-derived fuels. They may even be used whole as erosion barriers or to create an artificial reef.

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