Tyres don’t last forever. How long they last can differ depending on which type you have and how much you drive. Other factors can contribute to the lifespan, such as which kinds of roads you usually drive on – and the weather conditions you drive in. It is recommended that, with normal use, you replace them every six years. If you purchased them when they were on sale, but have been sitting unused – you can keep them for up to 10 years. Yes, even tyres have a shelf-life. Once they get worn out and become unusable, the question becomes, what to do with them now? Here are some tips so that you won’t have them lying around and cluttering up your garage forever.
Considering that there really is no environmentally friendly way to get rid of your tyres, since they take years to decompose, other options must be taken into account. The estimates for complete decomposition range anywhere from 50 – 2000 years. In the UK, you can take them to household waste recycling centres, however, depending on how many of them you bring, you could be charged. It is advised to contact your local council to get more details. If you decide to have them picked up, it may cost around £1-1.50 each. If you don’t have very many, it could be that they will take them free of charge. Rules and regulations vary from country to country, so be sure to check online first to see what options are available where you live.
Tyre recycling and repurposing
The good news is that tyres can be reused as an addition to construction components, such as floors, tiles, or even railroad ties. Engineers have been experimenting with shredded tyres such as in backfill for projects dealing with landslide repair. Tennis courts and other sports areas could also be covered with rubber material – making them more shock absorbent. You may even find them on your feet as they can be used in the manufacture of sandals or athletic shoes.
Repurposing for home uses
One of the most common, and most fun, ways to use them is as swings for children. Kids may also enjoy a home-made climbing tower, teeter totter or sandbox on their play area. Of course there are ways for adults to use them too. They can make perfect raised garden beds. Just put them in your garden or yard and fill with soil and put in your plants. Another innovative use is as hanging planters. Attach your tyre to wherever you like, perhaps to the side of your house, garage, or a tree and fill it with soil and add some plants. If you want weather-proof garden furniture, you can turn them into tables and chairs for your next garden party. If you are the artistic type, you may even decide to make them into sculptures such as dragons or frogs.