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How to Dispose of Used Tires

by Contributor

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

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Step 4

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

Step 5

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

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  • Most tire retailers accept used tires in exchange for a purchase of new tires. Without a new tire purchase, a retailer may charge a fee.
  • For disposal of a large number of used tires, contact a local solid waste management agency.


  • Not only is it illegal to burn tires, but tire fires also release pollutants into the air, soil and water that can be harmful to humans and the environment.
  • Keeping used tires in an uncovered, outdoor pile where disease carrying pests can inhabit them poses health risks.

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