After replacing old ATV, trailer, or golf cart tires, many outdoor enthusiasts don't know what to do with the old tires. There are a number of options available for properly disposing or recycling your old tires. Regardless of which option you choose, it is important to note that it is never acceptable to dump tires by the side of the road or in bodies of water as decomposing rubber can negatively affect the environment. Instead, try one of the simple options below:
Old tires of all shapes and sizes are being recycled into a number of useful products. They're recycled into simple products such as shoes, flooring material, and rubber matting to more complex products like rubber modified asphalt and rubber mulch for recreational areas. Before heading down to your local recycling facility, contact them to see if they will take your old tires; they may even have an option for pick-up, which can save you time and gas.
When it comes to repurposing tires, the first thing that typically comes to mind is the tire swing. While this is a great option for full-sized tires, ATV or golf cart tires don't make the best swings. However, there are a number of other uses for smaller tires, and if you enjoy crafty, hands-on projects, this may be a fun way to repurpose your old tires. From dog beds and planters to footrests and rain barriers, tires of all sizes can be repurposed into useful items around the house.
Most tire stores will offer to dispose of the old tires for you. Depending on where you live, some tire stores charge a fee for this service, but it tends to be the most popular option because it is the most convenient. However, if you are concerned about the environmental impact, it is okay to ask them what they do with the old tires and refuse the disposal if you choose.
Depending on the condition of your tire, you may want to consider trimming out the treads using a tire knife. While this won't double the tire's life expectancy, it can extend the life of the tire and provides a nice, sharp edge to worn-out tread. Restoring the tread is an excellent option if your tires are in otherwise good condition and you just want more traction, but trimming out the treads on severely worn tires is not recommended.
For more information about tire treads or which tire options are best for you, feel free to contact us or explore our many excellent options for your ATV, golf cart, trailer, or commercial vehicle.