What to Do with Your Old Tires: Repurposing Ideas
Avoid dumping them in a landfill with these creative ideas
When your car needs new tires, the first thing that comes to mind is how to get rid of the old ones. While many used to turn to landfills, this has become an undesirable solution. First, many landfills don’t accept tires because they don’t have the capacity. Additionally, old tires are a fire and environmental hazard. Not only are they incredibly flammable, they trap methane gases that they later release into the atmosphere and groundwater supply. Luckily, these large rubber items can enjoy a second life when repurposed. Read on to find out a few things you can do with your old tires.
- Make Rubber Mulch: an increasingly popular way to reuse tires, rubber mulch can serve as a soft ground cover for swing sets, jungle gyms, and play areas. It also makes a good, weed-smothering garden ground cover. Just remove any metal attachments, hose down the tires, rent an industrial-strength shredder, and place the mulch for a safe, environmentally conscious alternative to wood mulch.
- Protect your landscaping: place tires around newly planted or struggling trees to ensure your lawn mower doesn’t damage them.
- Make a tire swing: a childhood staple for many, this simple project provides hours of fun. Attach one end of a rope to a tire and the other to a tree, making sure each end is secure.
- Create an elevated plant bed: fill a tire with soil and plant a flower or veggie of your choice. Potatoes are an especially popular vegetable to plant in a stack of tires, as they retain heat and encourage growth. Paint the outside of the tire(s) to help this new addition to your landscape fit in with the rest of your yard.
We’ll Pick up Your Old Tires
If you do choose to get rid of your tires, try contacting a junk hauling company like JDog Junk Removal & Hauling that knows how to responsibly dispose of or recycle tires. Call us today at 844-GET-JDOG to schedule a free estimate.