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Removing Old Car Tyres

You have just bought brand new tyres for your car, and now you are left wondering what to do with the old ones. Almost always, the mechanic who puts your new tyres will solve this problem for you. If you are to do it yourself, then you need to know how to do it in an eco-friendly way.

This article will show you how to get rid of old tyres once you’ve replaced them with new ones.

Why Do You Need New Tyres?

It's normal for tyres to get worn out after using them for a prolonged period. The tread depths on these tyres keep decreasing to the point that they become unsafe. This is one of the most prevalent instances where most people replace their tyres. As a result, you too might have to replace yours once you spot such changes. You should also look out for cracks in the tyres. Cracks are likely to appear as tyres age or if they were not stored properly.

Recycling Old Tyres

It is shocking to know that 17 billion tons of tyres are junked yearly. In Australia, approximately 50 million tyres are thrown away. These tyres end up in landfills, illegal dumpsites, or possibly unwanted and unidentified tyre disposal sites. This damages the environment and is also a waste of natural resources. As a result, you should consider recycling tyres.

Benefits of Recycling Your Old Tyres

Recycling is one of the best ways of reducing the harmful environmental effects of any non-biodegradable waste. It helps you transform the waste tyres into a beneficial resource.

• Preserve Landfill Space: Tyres occupy a lot of space due to their large sizes as they are too round and hollow. Recycling them helps preserve space for other non-recyclable wastes in dumpsites.

• Produce New Products: Old tyres can be used to produce a variety of products. These include sandals, outdoor furniture, and planters and gardens. This is something you may want to try on your own as it challenges you to be more creative with old tyres.

• Stop Transmission of Diseases: Old tyres are a haven to disease-carrying insects if not disposed of correctly. Also, when it rains, the old tyres collect water, and this provides a good breeding place for mosquitos which also are disease carriers. If this rubbish is removed, it will help in preventing the transmission of disease.

• Avoid Environmental Pollution: Tyre fires spread quickly and are not easy to put out. They emit thick, black smoke, which is a source of pollution. This smoke can pollute the water and soil in nearby areas. You can feel the ripple effects of this pollution years later down the line. Recycling is the best way to beat this problem.

Waste Tyres Recycling Options


If your car tyres are worn out, you can choose to get new ones or go for retreading. This is very cost-effective, especially if you are short on cash. It is advisable for use in tyres that are not completely worn out (which will save you money). This option is for tyres that are not completely worn out.

Rubber Crumb

The tyre is buffed during the retreading process, and it produces a rubber crumb. The rubber crumb can be used to make:

• New tyres

• Rubberised asphalt and bitumen

• Surface coatings

• Rubber/plastic products

• Playground surfaces

• Athletic field surfaces

• Moulded rubber products

Obtain Fuel

Tyres can be used as fuel by exposing them to very high temperatures in a furnace. However, using tyres as fuel is subject to the Environmental Protection Authority’s approval. The legal air quality conditions for emission must be met when processing tyres as a fuel alternative.

Construction Applications

Chips from tyres can occasionally be used as an alternative for conventional construction materials. Due to its lower density, better drainage properties and better thermal insulation are achieved.

Other Ways To Recycle Waste Tyres

Use as Barricades

Waste tyres act as walls in horse arenas or barricades and restraining walls in motorsport tracks. You have to check with the authorities for approval if you plan to use more than five tonnes.


We have recently seen old tyres being used as a foundation for gardening in raised flower beds and bottom rock gardens.

Silage Making

When making silage, the old tyres hold plastic sheeting over silage holes.

Zoos or Play Parks

The time it takes for tyres to naturally decompose in landfills is about 50 to eight years. This is a very long time. You can give your old tyres to a nearby zoo or play park. These are great play resources. They can make tyre swings that monkeys and other primates enjoy in the zoo.

How To Best Dispose Of Your Waste Tyres

Use a skip bin to dispose of your tyre. This is one of the best options you have to safely get rid of those old tyres. Skip bins are containers that are packed with refuse and trash and then picked up at a scheduled time and/or date. As soon as the skip bin is full, it will be picked up, and an empty one will be provided. The full bin is transported to a dumping site. Here, separation is done where waste that can be recycled is put aside, and the remainder is disposed of.

Tyres can be put in skip bins but only if:

• They are put on top of the heap

• They do not stick out past the top of the bin

• The rims have been removed

Skip bin companies charge an additional fee for tyre disposals.

If you have old tyres lying around your property and you would like to throw them away, ensure that you follow the Australian laws because illegal dumping is against the law and can attract heavy penalties.

Call For Expert Help

Do not hesitate to work with an authorised waste removal establishment if you cannot do it by yourself. Such help is necessary since an expert waste removalist will be able to categorise your waste and dispose of them appropriately. This is a relief to many who are stranded with their old tyres, not knowing what to do with them.