To DIY or Dump? Know When to Repurpose Old Tires and When to Dispose of Them

by | Sep 8, 2023 | Used Tire Removal

Most tires should be replaced after six years. Beyond that, they can become dangerous to drive with. Once they’ve served their purpose on the road, you may be wondering what to do with them. Can they have another life, or is it best to toss them? Here are some ways you can repurpose your old tires, or properly dispose of them.

DIY Options to Repurpose Your Tires

If you like getting your hands on a new project and making unique creations for your home, then you might like our DIY options. There are plenty of ways to repurpose old tires. For your home, you can try:

  • Mulch
  • Bench
  • Planter (most popular)
  • Ottoman or table
  • Tire swing
  • Playground
  • Dog Bed
  • Tetherball pole
  • Storage
  • And so much more

For more DIY ideas and instructions, we recommend checking out platforms like Pinterest or Youtube. You may also look for home renovation or DIY bloggers. For tools and guidance, we recommend asking around at your local craft store or home improvement store.

When Not to Repurpose Old Tires

Before you get started on your DIY, you should check the quality of your tires. Depending on the purpose you have for it, your tire may or may not be in good condition. If your tires fall under any of these conditions, it’s best to dispose of them.

Your tires have been left outside.

If your old tires have been left outside for quite some time, it may be a risk to bring them inside. There may be mold growing in it, or it could have become a habitat for critters. It is safer for your health and home and less effort to dispose of it than trying to clean or debug it.

The tire is falling apart.

If you’ve saved a popped tire or your tire is very old and worn down, it may not have enough structure for a DIY. Unless you plan on shredding it for rubber mulch, we recommend taking it to a recycling center.

You don’t have space for your repurposed tires.

Tires can take up a lot of space, even when they’ve been repurposed into something else. If you live in a smaller home, or you have no need for furniture, planters, or other DIY projects, then it’s best to dispose of your tires. If you also have a lot of tires and no time or space for DIY, tire recycling centers can take them in bulk.

How to Properly Dispose of Your Tires

If you’re not a fan of DIY, or you don’t have the time, then disposing of your tires is the best option for you. However, you can’t just throw them in the trash or leave them by the side of the road. It’s not just damaging to the environment, it is also illegal. If you want to get rid of your tires, there are a few options you have to ensure they are disposed of properly.

Tire Recycling Centers

Like all drains lead to the ocean, all old tires should lead to a recycling center. No matter if you bring them here yourself or if you go through another service, old tires that are properly disposed of will end up in a recycling center. These centers have special facilities to wash and repurpose the tires so they can be reused as material in other products, buildings, and more. The Florida Waste Tire Management Program oversees tire waste disposal. They permit these centers to ensure they repurpose old tires in the safest way possible for the environment.

Local Auto Store or Tire Retailer

If you don’t want to haul your tires to a recycling center yourself, or you don’t know where it is, you may be able to go through your local auto store or tire retailer. Some stores allow you to pay a fee for them to dispose of your tires for you, and some may also offer a tire exchange program where they recycle your old tires for you when you purchase new ones. Call ahead to see what your local stores offer.

Junk Removal Service

One of the easiest ways to get rid of your tires is to call a junk removal service to come and haul them away for you. They have the equipment and manpower to get the job done quickly and efficiently so you don’t have to do any heavy lifting. A junk removal service will also know where your local tire recycling centers are so your tires can be disposed of properly.

Clear Communication and Quality Care

If you don’t want to repurpose your old tires with a DIY, no problem. We can take them to a recycling center for you so you don’t have to. Our junk removal service promises clear communication and quality care. Let us take the burden off your shoulders, and contact us for a free quote on your tire removal.

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