How to Dispose of Bike Tires

How to Dispose of Bike TiresRecycling or reusing old items is a kind thing to do for our environment; this includes recycling bicycle tires. The problem of bike tires piling up in landfills is no small problem. According to SCHWALBE Tires, approximately 10 million bicycle tires and inner tubes are disposed of every year in Germany alone. Some companies recycle used bike tires and inner tubes to make other items such as new tires, rubber mats and playgrounds. The cost to recycle bicycle tires is high, so there are not many recycling centers that accept bike tires and inner tubes. As new technologies emerge, which bring the recycling costs down, new centers should open up. In the meantime, if you do not live near a bike tire collection station, finding a place to bring your old bike tires may take some work and even a little creativity.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Step 1
Contact your local waste-disposal company, and ask them if they recycle bike tires or know of any companies in your area that do.
Step 2
Ask the local bicycle shops in your area if they have a bicycle tire recycling program. Some bicycle shops collect used bicycle tires and ship them to recycling companies. If none of the bike shops in your area have a bicycle tire recycling program, ask them to consider starting one; it may be an option they had never before considered.
Step 3
Mail your old bike tires to an out-of-area recycler if there is not one in your area. Check with the recycling company before mailing the tires to find out if they charge a recycling fee. Commonly a small fee of less than one dollar is charged per tire.
Step 4
Hold a bicycle tire recycling drive to make up for the mailing costs to out-of-area recyclers. Ask your local bike shops to sponsor your drive by paying for the mailing costs to send the tires to the recycling center and setting out a collection box for customers to drop their tires into. For your part, you can post fliers around town advertising the recycling drive. Point out to the bike shop that in exchange for sponsoring your drive, they get an increased number of customers.
Step 5
Advertise your old tires as free craft supplies in your local classifieds. Most online and print classifieds will list free items at no charge to you. Some creative crafters make handbags, sculptures and other unique items out of old bike tires and tubes.

Article Written By Rose Kivi

Rose Kivi has been a writer for more than 10 years. She has a background in the nursing field, wildlife rehabilitation and habitat conservation. Kivi has authored educational textbooks, patient health care pamphlets, animal husbandry guides, outdoor survival manuals and was a contributing writer for two books in the Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Series.

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