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What To Do With Old Tires? Here's 5 Useful Things You Should Know

 (modified Sep 21, 2022)

We know how good it feels to get rid of unwanted junk around the house. But some items are a little trickier to dispose of than you may think. You may be wondering what to do with old tires.

Here's the deal...

If you're trying to get rid of used tires in a dumpster rental, you need to collaborate with the local Dumpster Consultant on how to do so properly.

Here are five other things you should know about what to do when thinking of tire disposal.

1. Using A Dumpster Rental? Keep Them Separate

Tires, like several other household items, require extra care when it comes time to throw them out. You can put them in your dumpster rental, but they can’t be recycled with other items.

Residential customers should give their local Dumpster Consultants fair warning ahead of time if tire disposal is part of their project. Our Dumpster Consultants will tell you exactly what to do with old tires. They’ll arrange an agreement with the customer to put the used tires in the dumpster last for a small recycling fee. It's easier on all parties and a necessity that the tires go on top of the other debris and waste you're disposing.

It’s hard to generalize because every state, city and individual market has their own rules when it comes to tire disposal. There aren’t many jurisdictions where you’ll find a complete ban on tires in dumpsters, but it is important to keep the potential differences in mind.

If you’ve recently moved to a new city or state and you’ve decided to call us to rent a dumpster, it’s a question you’ll want to ask at that time. No matter which franchise you call, you’ll be greeted by one of our helpful Live Dumpster Consultants equipped with the knowledge to help you make the best choice.

They’ll walk you through each step of the process including what the best approach is to deal with the old tires you’re looking to get rid. Keep in mind tire disposal can be a bit expensive, so if you have an alternative solution you may want to consider it. On average, most of our locations will charge $100 per tire. If you have 10 old tires for example, that would cost you $1000 at standard disposal rates. That has a lot to do with the costs involved to recycle them safely.

If you’d like to avoid these types of charges, but you’re not sure what your alternatives are — talk to one of our Live Dumpster Consultants about your options. They’re always happy to help and will work hard to save you money whenever they can. After all, we want to be your first choice dumpster rental choice every time you need one.

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2. Where To Dispose Of Old Tires

More than half of states do not allow people to leave tires at landfills. They take up a lot of space, don’t break down easily and contain components that pose ecological problems. Tires can also trap methane gases, which can damage landfill liners meant to prevent the area from polluting local water sources.

If you decide not to put the used tires in a dumpster rental, you're probably asking, what can I do with these old tires?

There are a few other options for your tire disposal.

Most car service shops will recycle your tires for you if you buy new ones from them. You can also check with your local recycling facility to see if they accept tires. Some cities even have periodical tire disposal events where residents can drop off their tires for free. Contact your solid waste management agency for more information. You can find tire recycling locations from Earth911.

3. What Happens To Old Tires?

It’s also important to recycle tires simply because there are so many of them around the country — and that number continues to grow each year in the tire disposal industry.

Americans wear out about 290 million tires a year, and they recycle 233 million of them, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). But what can your recycled tires become?

There are at least 110 products that are composed of recycled tires. They can be used in sound barriers, playgrounds, alternative fuel, mulch, athletic fields, railroad tires, decks and building materials, to name a few. Repurposing them may give you a clearer idea on what to do with old tires when planning on tire disposal.

4. Fun Alternatives to Tire Disposal

Alternatives to Tire Disposal
If you decide to keep them, there are several creative ways to extend the life of your tires — instead of just leaving them piled up around your yard or taking up precious parking space in your garage. Shift your efforts into tire recycling!

Beyond your typical tire swing, you can also use spares in your garden. Clean the tires with soapy water, place them in your yard, fill them with soil and add plants. But stick with non-edible plants, as plants can absorb chemicals from the tire that you wouldn’t want to ingest.

You can also cut the tire and make a plant bed border out of it, which is sure to attract attention. If you’re feeling crafty, you can even make tables, chairs, non-skid steps, an obstacle course or an array of other décor pieces out of the tires. There's really no limit when it comes to DIY tire recycling.

5. Think Before You Get Rid Of Old Tires

Old tires

If you're not sure what to do with old tires, do a little research. When it comes to tire disposal, whether you decide to put them in your dumpster rental, find a local recycler who will take them or transform them into something useful at your home — we all need to be responsible recyclers.

If in doubt about what you can and can’t put in your dumpster rental, contact your local Bin There Dump That franchise operator.

Images: Two old tires, Tire chairs

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