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10 Simple Tips on How to Reuse Old Tires

Updated on May 25, 2019

Reusing old tires is one major environmental issue the world is facing. We cannot deny the fact that there are so many vehicles manufactured every year - and one car has a set of already four tires.

Used old tires might seem so hard to dispose and yet, improper disposal of these things can cause potential hazard to our environment.

Some opted to burn old tires but do you know that the smoke or gasses from the burning old tires carries toxic and harmful chemicals from rubber compounds can leach into the atmosphere and can add to the destruction our ozone layer?

Burning old tires releases harmful chemicals like Styrene and Benzene compounds which are both classified as human carcinogens. We must know that we are not the only one suffering from the effects of these actions but also our environment is affected as well.

Just because an old worn-out tire cannot be used on a car again, it doesn't mean that its useful life is over.

Here are some simple tips and ideas on how can we make most of our used old tires:

  1. Instant planters for the garden and cold frames to protect young seedlings
  2. Stacks of tires can be used as compost heap
  3. A fun and safe way for kid's entertainment - use them as tire swings for children's playtime, training obstacle course or sandpits
  4. Water trough or feeders for livestock’s (cattles, pigs, chickens)
  5. Can be an accessory for your garden or designs for your fence. Just make sure you paint it with colors that match your surroundings to enhance its beauty
  6. You can also this as bumpers on boat docks and dog beds
  7. Use it to store woods near your fireplace
  8. Used as retaining walls on steep slope land so as to prevent soil erosion
  9. You can also use these tires for outdoor patio table base
  10. If you don’t have much time to do the above things, you may opt to bring your used tires to tire retailer or local recycling offices/stores that accepts and recycles old tires.

Let us all be aware of the effects of not disposing old tires to our self, to our family and to the environment.

We do have this creativity inside us to reuse old things whenever there's opportunity and somehow, sometimes we are just too busy to notice it and rather opt to discard it on easiest way - and not knowing what harm it can do to our surroundings.

Reusing old used tires contributes to a lifetime preservation of our environment even is such small ways. Don't ignore the call for help of our nature especially our ozone layer which protects us from the harmful rays of the sun.

By choosing to recycle and reuse things, we are not only saving money - we are saving our future.

Let's Paint the World Green!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2013 Life Under Construction


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    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

      Life Under Construction 

      6 years ago from Neverland

      Thanks Moonlake!

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      6 years ago from America

      I have seen the larger tires used as sandbox for the kids. Good ideas enjoyed your hub. Voted up.

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

      Life Under Construction 

      6 years ago from Neverland

      Hi again DEvika... I am so pleased you take a time to visit my REcycling hubs :)

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      Devika Primić 

      6 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Awesome ideas about reusing old tires, good explanations and well thought of sharing helpful information.

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

      Life Under Construction 

      6 years ago from Neverland

      hello there Paula. nice to see you stop by. thanks for the upss :)

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

      Life Under Construction 

      6 years ago from Neverland

      Thank you so much Sha for your support.

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

      Life Under Construction 

      6 years ago from Neverland

      Yeah..obstacle course using old tires are still used on many schools and tire swings for small children. seen them on schools most of the times :) thanks dianna

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

      Life Under Construction 

      6 years ago from Neverland

      Hello Eddy. Thanks for stopping by and for the comment.

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      6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      I LOVE the colorful planter idea!! What cool things to do with used tires! Thanks, Spy....UP+++

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Great issue, Spy! Tires can also be cut up into small pieces and used as permanent mulch. I have red rubber mulch surrounding my bird bath. I never have to replace it and an old worn out tire has been put to good use!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      Your planters look so nice and who would have thought they would? Great idea for recyling these tires that stay around forever. When I was a director, we had parents donate tires to make obstacles courses, swings, and sandboxes. Don't know if they are considered safe now days for children, but they were lots of fun back then. Great post!

    • Eiddwen profile image


      6 years ago from Wales

      I loved this one packed with great idea.

      Here's to so many more to come.

      Enjoy your day.


    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

      Life Under Construction 

      6 years ago from Neverland

      @Joan, Michele, beckie, TycoonSAm, Bill, Jon, Tom, MsDora, Nancy, Rosemay, Deb, Michelle, Mary, Mhatter.

      Thanks a lot for the comment and for putting your own opinions on the planters. we have a lot of small tires on our home and since people use nipa huts, they will put it on their roofs so that the straws will not be ruined when rain comes and will stay intact.

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      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. SF breaks them down for free so that there components can be reused.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      When I was a kid, the only swing we ever had was an old tire!!! There was no money to buy a store bought swing. We also used them as planters.

      Good ideas for going green!

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      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      I like the swing AND the flower pots idea!! WTG Myz! Sharing!

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Those are fantastic ideas. My understanding is that when our streets and interstates are paved, that old tires are mixed in, too, if it is asphalt.

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      6 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Thank you for these great ideas on recycling old tires. I have used them as planters and the do look great. The other suggestions you make are awesome and well worth considering.

      Thank you for being our very own guide in going green.

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      Nancy Yager 

      6 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      Some wonderful ideas for recycling our old tire. I really like the planters. Voted Up and Shared.

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      Dora Weithers 

      6 years ago from The Caribbean

      The planter tires are great, as are the other ideas. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

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      Thomas Silvia 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Very well written hub with some clever ideas within it,well done ! Wishing you a very awesome 2013 !

      Vote up and more !!!

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      Jonathan McCloskey 

      6 years ago from Cinnaminson, New Jersey

      They also make great blockers for the bottom of your fence if you don't want your dog digging out of the yard. Great ideas inside this planet saving article. Well done, unknown spy.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love the planters idea; we have three old tires and you just gave me an idea for them. Thanks, Myz!

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      6 years ago from Washington, MI

      Very creative ideas with the planters. I do use one as a boat bumper and I even have wood chips made out of recycled tires at one of my houses. They last longer than wood and don't fade from the sun.

      Great to see you again!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 

      6 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Spy - So glad to know you are back! Excellent hub with your signature love of Mother Nature and the many ways to help heal this world.

      Have a great day.

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      Michele Travis 

      6 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Great ideas. I remember swinging on tires as a child, but all those other ideas are fantastic!

      Thank you for letting us know how many other ways we can use old tires.

      Voted up.

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      Joan Whetzel 

      6 years ago

      What clever ideas. Cool!


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