How to dispose of used tyres

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How to dispose of used tyres
Make a tyre swing for the back garden. (Creatas/Creatas/Getty Images)

The proper disposal of used car tyres prevents many potentially harmful effects on the environment. For this reason, tyre disposal practices are regulated by the government. It's important for vehicle owners to know the safe and legal methods of tyre disposal. Here's a few suggestions for how to dispose of used tyres.

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    Use old tyres in the garden. Clean used tyres with warm soapy water and rinse. Place in the garden and fill with potting soil. Add your favorite plant or flowers for a decorative accent to increase curb appeal. Cover the tyre with topsoil and plant flowers to create a beautiful flower covered mound.

  2. 2

    Create a training area and obstacle course for older children who participate in sports. Remove any debris from used tyres by thoroughly washing with detergent and rinse. Put 8 to 10 tyres in an open area in the garden.

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    Take used tyres to either a tyres retailer, service station or local recycling facility that accepts and must then recycle tyres. First, confirm that the selected location is currently accepting used tyres.

  4. 4

    Notice when or if a local council offers a tyres amnesty. The program allows local citizens to deposit a limited number of used tyres at a drop off site for free.

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    Recycle tyres and decrease air pollution, water and soil contamination. Sell used tyres for salvage and use to make new tyres. If the used tyres are threadbare, recycling is a great alternative.

  6. 6

    Make a tree swing for hours of fun. Choose a tree with a strong branch and decide on a horizontal or vertical swing. Purchase nylon rope specifically made for weight bearing. Consult with home improvement professional about attaching the swing to a tree.

Tips and warnings

  • Most tyre retailers accept used tyres in exchange for a purchase of new tyres. Without a new tyre purchase, a retailer may charge a fee.
  • For disposal of a large number of used tyres, contact a local solid waste management agency.
  • Not only is it illegal to burn tyres, but tyre fires also release pollutants into the air, soil and water that can be harmful to humans and the environment.
  • Keeping used tyres in an uncovered, outdoor pile where disease carrying pests can inhabit them poses health risks.

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