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Getting Rid of Old Tires
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.
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.
Feel free to post additional ideas below.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Check with local farmers, they can use then for wagons.
Try freecycle or craigslist.
How about advertising on craigs list that you have free tires for tire swings?
Have you thought of using them to make a rammed earth building, ie storage shed, play house, dog house or even a room addition?
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.
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.
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
Stephanie, I know a farmer that would be interested in picking them up. Please, call me
Where can I recycle about 500 used tires that were dumped on my property, at no cost to me? I am willing to travel up to 200 miles.
By chris from Kokomo, IN
I don't know if this website advertises free tire recycling. But if you contact them they might be able to give you names of other places that recycle for free. www.libertytire.com/
I have a friend that does scrap cars, and he has no way of getting rid of old tires. He wants them hauled off. What does he need to do? Thanks.
Try posting notices on public bulletin boards (like grocery stores) and notifying plant nurseries that they are available free of charge to gardeners. We use them 4 high for potatoes and I am planting carrots and radishes in them this weekend. They are great season extenders because the earth in them gets warm early spring and stays warm well into winter here. They are great for herbs - I can harvest all but the most tender ones year round from the tire beds. I have some that have been disquised and some that are obviously tires - but they are the best raised beds ever!
Sign up for freecycle AT yahoo.com. Then post the ad for free tires. Someone in the area will want them for free and come and pick them up.
See if his town recycles old tires. Beware they may charge a fee for each tire. I know for my town I had to go to the Town Hall and purchase a permit for about $5 per tire then the recycling company came and picked up the tire.
Give them to persons wanting a container garden above ground. My girl friend does this with hers. Her husband is a mechanic on their property and gets a lot of old tires for her. She fills the tire up with top soil then puts a 5lb bag of good soil that she is using to plant the plant in on top of that. No weeds, no animal damage (rabbits), no slugs because they can not get up to where the plants are. Their garden was so productive this summer that they kept 3 or 4 families supplied with fresh vegetables! Now all of us want to try our hand with the old used tires in our yard next year.
They also take used motor oil to stain their deck and out door buildings with. Again the wood looks really neat this way and no bugs (termites) will eat into it. It is the greatest looking stain color I have ever seen and now I want it!
I'd start with City Hall. If the city doesn't recycle them, they should know who does.
They do indeed make great planters, though I would certainly consider washing them carefully for motor oil if you let them near food plants. Sturdy, uncracked tires do make cool swings.
I have seen tires used a lot on lakes, people often cut them to make bumpers, which can hep prevent scratches and damage to dock and boat intact. I would also consider selling them for $5-10 each (garage sale, craigslist, local paper).
If you can't get good use out of them, I would google for your local shedder/recycler, they are often shredded into rubber mulch, or made into other things.
I have a neighbor who works on cars as a hobby/or for friends/family. Our MUA allows each resident to put up to four tires out on particular dates (no fee) - a few neighbors (& us) lets him put them in front of our house too when it's time. It may even be with the regular trash ( I don't really notice it until the tires appear every few months!), but they do limit the quantity per house.
This is a page about tire disposal in Indiana. Finding a local disposal site in your state and learning the recycle rules applying to used tires is your first step in getting rid of them.
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I am trying to get rid of 19 old tires. Does anyone know where I can take them in Ohio?
Tiffany from Loudonville, OH
These days places like Discount Tires and Les Schwab Tires no longer charge for taking your used tires, because recycling trucks come around and pick them up from them for free. They then chop them up and remove the metal then turn them into playground mulch, garden mulch, and use them when making asphalt to make highways last longer, etc. Call a place that sells tires and ask them if you can bring them in. (09/02/2008)
I used to work at a store with a tire shop and we had to pay to get them hauled away. If I were you I would check with the county. The Lorain County Solid Waste Management division has a couple of days a year when you drop off tires, computers etc.
Good luck! (09/04/2008)
Yes. Definitely check with your county or city, they should be able to tell you where to dispose of them. In some locations, you can leave them out on certain days and the garbage collectors will take care of them, but be sure to check this out first, as in some places you could get a fine for leaving them out. Good luck! (09/09/2008)