With climate change and the current state of the economy, recycling is now more important than ever. Statistics show that each year, at least one new tire is created for every person in the United States, and over 281 million tires are tossed out on scrap heaps every year as well.
This is a shame, because tires are made of strong and durable material, and just because they are no longer fit to be used for your vehicle, it doesn’t mean their days of usefulness are over. Finding ways to reuse your old scrap tires can greatly reduce the amount of waste you and your family produce each year and may also save you money. There are thousands of ways an old tire could be reused, but the following five ideas for recycling your tires should get you started off on the right path.
This is one of the most common uses for recycled tires. If you have a small vegetable plot or want to add some new flowerbeds to your landscaping, an old tire could be just what you need. Because the tire absorbs a lot of heat during the day, it makes an ideal environment for seedlings to grow. During the winter months, the tires can easily be covered to protect young plants from the cold.
In the 60s, recycled tire sandals were hugely popular, and in many African countries, old tires are often used to create sandals or replace worn out shoe soles. A simple online search will help you find patterns to make your own pair of unique recycled tire sandals. It can be a fun activity to do in your spare time, and who knows? You might even start another trend.
3. Playground Equipment
Tires make the perfect base for many different items of playground equipment. You could save a lot of money on your yard’s play area by recycling your tires and your kids will love their new outdoor area. If you have normal sized car tires you can make a classic tire swing, or use the tires as the padding under a seesaw. Larger truck or tractor tires can be made into sandboxes or playhouses.
4. Secure Your Trash Cans
During heavy storms, your outdoor trash cans may blow over if they aren’t securely wedged in place. Save yourself the trouble of cleaning up the mess by simply using a heavy tire to keep your outdoor trash cans in place. This will also keep them out of the reach of pesky mice, rats and raccoons.
You will have to be a bit creative to make this idea work, but there are some great items of furniture that can be made from recycled tires. Some people use them to make yard furniture, like stools and tables, as they are durable and can withstand harsh weather conditions. Some people have even made intricate household decorations from old car tires, including lamp shades, sculptures and side tables. Have a quick look online for furniture made from old tires; you will be amazed at how great it can look.
These are just a few examples of what you can do with used tires. With a bit of creativity and innovation, you can find many other ways to put your trusty old tires to good use.