Where to Recycle Bicycle Inner Tubes

Where to Recycle Bicycle Inner Tubes
Cycling as a form of transportation or for exercise is clean for the planet. If your cycling tubes have been patched until they cannot be patched anymore, are worn out or just will not hold air anymore, consider doing something green. You can recycle and reuse bicycle tubes to make furniture, playground mulch and products, from wallets to bracelets and bags. Here are some ideas on where to recycle your inner tubes.

Hard-to-Recycle Material Centers

Hard-to-recycle material centers can recycle bicycle inner tubes. Each site is different in terms of fees--some may do it for free. Before you bring your tubes by, check to see if the center only takes specific tubes. Some places may not take thorn-resistant tubes.


Bike Shops

Bike shops also recycle inner tubes. Each bike shop may have specific guidelines on what size and type of tubes it can recycle, and some shops may charge for the service.

Tire Shops

Depending on their recycling policies, tire shops may also be willing to recycle your bike tubes and, even, tires. A tire shop will most likely charge a small fee for the service, but it is better than throwing your tubes in the trash.

Alchemy Goods

Alchemy Goods can take any 26- and 27-inch tubes and 700c tubes that are 35 millimeters in width or wider. Any tube that is thorn-resistant, has protection slime, is BMX- or kids-sized, or is 700c that is skinnier than 35 millimeters in width cannot be reused by Alchemy. The company, based in Seattle, uses the tubes to make wallets, messenger bags and other goods.

Alchemy Goods
1723 1st Ave S,
Seattle, WA 98134

Bike Furniture Design

Bike Furniture Design is in need of road bike tubes to make furniture. Based in Marquette, MI, the company designs chairs, tables, barstools and other furniture and accessories from bike parts. Items it uses include rims and handlebars, as well as other bike components. You can ship your tubes directly to the company and, in return for any donated parts, it gives you a discount on any order.

Bike Furniture Design
575 E. Michigan
Marquette, MI 49855

Totally Tubular Design

Totally Tubular Design has been around since 2006 and calls Agoura Hills, CA, home. The company makes wallets, stuff sacks, bracelets and bags out of recycled tubes. It is expanding its line all the time and continues to find new ways to recycle your bike tubes. Products are sold online, through bike shops and at cycling events. You can send your tubes to the company directly or to one of the participating bike shops, including Sundance Cycles and Newbury Park Cycles.

Totally Tubular Design
5737 Kanan Rd. #121
Agoura Hills, CA 91301


Article Written By Courtney Johnson

Courtney Johnson is a freelance sports writer and photographer based in California. Her articles and photos appear regularly in newspapers and magazines such as "Triathlete" and "Cross Country Skier." Johnson graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in media production and minor in writing. She is studying for her copy editing certificate at the University of San Diego.

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