We have a barn full of old tires that we "inherited" when we purchased our property. We have called around to tire recycling centers, but they want so much per tire. Does anyone know how we can dispose of them safely and economically?
Stephanie - Saline, Michigan
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Erin - Toledo, Ohio
The towers also make convenient places to sit in the garden, and let your back unkink after hoeing or hand-weeding. It is so nice to relax and enjoy looking at the fruit of your labors! I plant some flowers right next to the potato towers. (I choose marigolds, which are known to deter many garden pests. When I am resting, the marigolds are far enough below my nose that I don't get overwhelmed by the smell.)
If you put the towers at the corners of small beds, you can use them to support a fence. Just wrap the fence material around and use a stick or something to hold the overlap closed. You open the gate when you want in, and close it to keep out rabbits, dogs, small children, etc.
Rose B, in North Carolina
Here's a link for making a Tire Planter:
Susan from ThriftyFun
You can hang it sideways or up right. All you need is a tree with a limb large enough to support the tire and the children's weight. Place a small board inside the rim where you would want it to hang from, drill through the tire AND the board. But a large eye hook type bolt and screw it through the tire and board (the boards purpose is to keep the bolt from pulling through. This should help you to understand what I'm trying to explain).
Then tie a long sturdy rope onto the end of the bolt. Throw the other end of the rope over the limb and secure it. Or just tie a rope completely around the tire and then tie the other end around the limb. Bound to provide hours of enjoyment!
Other ideas could be to bury several of the tires just a little and making a "tunnel" for kids to crawl through. We have a park around here that even has picnic tables made with the big tractor tires!
Another thing ranchers in our area use them for is salt-box tires. They cut the bead off one side and then turn the tire inside out. This is then nailed to a board to close the other side, and then they are used out in the pastures for salt or mineral for the cattle.
By the Oracle
I have an entire garden plan of tires. Some cut into designer planters. Surround the "tire garden" with a small garden picket fencing to keep neighbors from seeing it. Just search the internet for "gardening in old tires" for numerous ideas and photos.
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By Tom N.04/09/2013
This one should work for all of them, if you live near a big city. Call tire shops to see who retreads tires, then take the tires to that shop. They may even pay you for each tire that is; not down to the cords; and that do not have big holes in them; and are not cut through.
Hi My name is Miryam
I have the same problem in Atlanta GA, please let me know if you know some companies that takes them here, I was victim of a scam, I am without a job and since I had a 16ft box truck I advertise on CL offering services with the truck, well this guy got me running around different places collecting tires and before we get to the place where we where suppose to delivery he asked me to stop by a Burger King and he disappeared on me, an hour later after looking all over for him I realize I was scammed and left with my truck filled with more than 170 used tires, everybody I called said they charged for them to be disposed, I am desperate and do not know what to do, they are sitting in my garage for more than 4 months by now, please if you know any company that take them let me know.
Thanks in advance to all.
Stephanie, I know a farmer that would be interested in picking them up. Please, call me
By kody (Guest Post)02/16/2009
I too live in Michigan and I'm looking for a bunch of old tires. If you still have any if you could let me take my pick before you get rid of them I would greatly appreciate it. Email me at kodered5150 AT charter.net
By Jason (Guest Post)02/12/2009
I want like four of them but I have no idea where you live. From that picture the terrain leaves no clue. Otherwise I'm a pretty good guess. Yeah craigslist. I'm sure a few people want them.
By tinnmann420 (Guest Post)10/27/2008
if you know a local paintball team suggest using them for bunkers, my team has been going around asking for them for our speed ball course.
By The Recycle Queen (Guest Post)09/25/2008
Have you thought of using them to make a rammed earth building, ie storage shed, play house, dog house or even a room addition?
By Amy (Guest Post)09/06/2008
How about advertising on craigs list that you have free tires for tire swings?
By Karen 09/06/2008
Try freecycle or craigslist.
Check with local farmers, they can use then for wagons.
By lindsey (Guest Post)09/05/2008
Have you tried to take them to local tire stores, I'm not sure what they have in MI, but here in Washington state, Les Schwab's (a regional tire store) will actually pay you to take the tires.
By Julie 09/03/2008
It's too bad you can't find a place or way to cut them up into chips because they sell those now in big bags to use on playgrounds so the kids are safer from falls and such. If you could chip them, you could sell them that way. The tiny bags they sell in stores are so high priced. I wonder if a wood chipper would cut them up well. Laying around like that causes misquitoes to grow and lay eggs too. Good Luck with trying to rid them safely.
By Cyinda 09/02/2008
These days places like DISCOUNT TIRES & Les Schwab Tires no longer charge for taking your used tires because recycling trucks come around & pick them up from them for free... They then chop them up & remove the metal then turn them into playground mulch, garden mulch & use them when making asphalt to make highways last longer, etc...
---> Call a place that sells Tires & ask them who picks up their used tires. I bet they'll drive to your home & pick them up at no cost!
By April 09/02/2008
Call your Department of Conservation. Ours sometimes collects them at no charge to shred for use in the walkways and play areas in state parks. Also, check with nearby large city park departments and schools for the same reason.
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