Recycling Used Tires

One must be aware that used tires are not biodegradable. There are many things you can do with used tires to keep them out of landfills.

Everyone wants to do their part to recycle and dispose of unwanted items responsibly like used tires.  Tires are not made of biodegradable material can be difficult to dispose of properly. However, there are many options.  It can keep old tires out of landfills and allow others to get good use out of them.

Used tires are not recyclable
Used tires are not recyclable

One way you can help to recycle used tires  is to buy them for your car. Buying used tires can save the car owner money and help the environment. Generally, these tires are not completely worn and offer the car owner tires that can last them for while. Maybe there is not enough money in a person’s budget for new tires at the moment, so the solution is to buy good used tires. It may last until money is saved for new tires. However, make sure they are usable. Safety must always come first.

Used tires that are not suitable for use on vehicles can also be taken to recycling centers. Tires can be recycled and the rubber used to make other products, such as to make new shoe parts.

Used tires are also helpful when a car owner only needs one tire, because only one is damaged. When buying used tires, the buyer needs to inspect the tires to ensure there is still tread on them and to look for any signs of patches or repairs. You do not want used tires that have been previously repaired, because they may not last long.

Some people get creative with used tires . Old tires that are not in good condition can be used as planters for the yard. Tires can be used as raised beds for planting flowers and even vegetables. Most people who use old tires for this purpose either place the tires in an area where there are not as noticeable, or they decorate and paint the tires to complement their yard or flower beds. Old tires can also be cut and turned inside out to make decorative outdoor planters. The gardener’s imagination is the only limit to what one can do with unwanted tires.

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Used tires that are not suitable for use on vehicles can also be taken to recycling centers. Tires can be recycled and the rubber used to make other products, such as to make new shoe parts. These old tire parts are often referred to as “crumbs” and may be used in several different ways. The crumbs can be used to make asphalt pavement and often used as an aggregate for cement concrete.

Old tires can also be recycled and made into new tires. Today old tires are also used to create a type of rubber mulch. The tires are cut up into pieces and may be painted different colors. The tire mulch is used just like other types of mulch to help soil around plants retain moisture and to help prevent weed growth.

It is not recommended that people dispose of their old tires at landfills. Old tires take up a great deal of space, and they can trap methane gas, which means they bubble to the top of the landfill surface and damage landfill liners. These liners are used to help prevent the landfill contaminates from polluting area ground water. Illegally dumping old tires can also cause many problems.

Tire fire can happen quite easily and burn for extended periods of time, creating ground and air pollution. They can also hold water, making them a breeding ground for mosquitoes. When a person illegally dumps tires, they are contributing to polluting ravines, empty lots, deserts and wooded areas. Some places offer residents tire amnesty that allows each person to dispose of a certain amount of tires for free. These programs help reduce pollution and make sure tires are properly disposed of or used in a better way.

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