Getting rid of old tires can be a pain for you and for the environment. They’re heavy, cumbersome, and you can’t just leave them out with the rest of your trash.
Even if you take the time to haul them to the dump, the environmental cost is surprisingly high. After all, they don’t decompose. Tires are also extremely flammable, so they are a major fire risk in junkyards and dumps.
So what’s the solution then?
Before you start worrying about how to get rid your old tires, you should make sure they aren’t still good. A good test is to see if you can fit a penny into the treads. If you can only slide the penny halfway in or less, then it’s time to change out your tires.
If they are worn out enough to change, you should think about keeping them around for your next DIY project. Old tires can be the perfect outdoor playground addition. A traditional tire swing is always a favorite, or you can use them to set up an obstacle course. If you’re feeling extra creative, you can even incorporate fabric, twine, and other materials to turn an old tire into beautiful tree-house furniture or a decorative piece.
Before doing this though, make sure the tires aren’t too worn out either. If tires get too worn down, metal from the inside can start poking through. This can be a real pain if you’re not careful because it can give you metal splinters! A good warning sign is if the tire is completely bald. If it is, it’s best to go ahead and recycle them.
The good news is that, with modern recycling practices, there are many that tires can be repurposed. In fact, recycling your worn-out tires can actually make them a benefit to our community again.
What kinds of things are they turned into? Well, you’ve probably seen recycled tires that have been turned into playground safety turf in your local neighborhood. Or the rubber can be used to make new and different products.
Remember how flammable tires are? That can be a good thing when they’re. In fact, tire-derived fuel is a great alternative to fossil fuels and produces more energy than coal!
The problem is, it’s not always easy finding a recycling location that will take your old tires. And, there’s a lot of work that goes into recycling them too. Not only do you have to find a recycler that will take them – you also have to separate the rim and wheel weights from the rubber. These metals can also be recycled, but it’s difficult to do, too. That’s why it’s a good idea to get help from someone who has experience.
When you call 1-888-PIK-ITUP we take the headache out of recycling your tires. Our team of professionals knows how to separate the tire parts and take them to the right recycling locations. We’ll take your old tires off your hands and make sure they are properly recycled so you don’t have to worry. Give us a call or schedule an appointment online today, and let us do the heavy lifting!