How to Get Rid of Old Tyres
No, we’re not talking about losing any spare tyres of lockdown weight that you might have gained, but instead how to dispose of your old vehicle tyres. Tyres themselves were banned from being sent to landfill in 2006 due to the traces of oil and chemicals present in their composition, but there are still responsible ways aplenty to get rid of them. Let’s take a look, and also learn a surprising fun fact about who is the largest tyre manufacturer in the world...
Say ‘ta-ra' to your old tyres with Clearabee
Firstly, the quickest and easiest way to get rid of unwanted tyres is to come to Clearabee. Our ‘Man and Van’ style clearance services are the largest in the UK but do charge an additional £6 each for the removal of tyres, due to the difficulty of disposing of them. Tyres must be disposed of at a specialist facility and, as such, the cost we incur is reflected in our charges.
However, with this charge, you also receive peace of mind that your Duty of Care is being satisfied. Clearabee are registered waste carriers with digital Waste Transfer Notes which complement every removals job, so you’ll always know that your tyres have been disposed of responsibly. We also divert from landfill over 95% of all that we collect so you can be sure you’re doing your bit for the planet too.
Other ways to dispose of your old tyres
If you’re having your car tyres replaced for whatever reason, the tyre fitters or garage in question (such as Halfords) should offer a service to responsibly dispose of them on your behalf. However, not all companies offer this service so it’s worth checking on their respective websites or over the phone before booking in. You don’t want to be left with a pile of tyres to get rid of when you have other options available to you.
Other than that, there are very few options available to you for responsibly disposing of tyres. They are prohibited from being removed via skip companies and will result in a failed collection as well as a charge if they are found within a skip.
Thankfully, there are several recycling opportunities open to you.
Recycling your Tyres
Your local Household Waste Recycling Centre might be able to recycle your unwanted tyres, but it’s worth checking on their website before you travel and join the queue. Most recycling centres accept tyres, but some charge a small fee (around £3) for doing so whilst some impose restrictions on how many tyres they’re willing to take, such as one tyre, per car, per visit.
Commercial and industrial tyres are also often prohibited at Household Waste Recycling Centres so you will need to contact a reputable rubbish removals company or a licenced tyre disposal specialist.
The Recycle Now website features a handy tool for locating a place to recycle your tyres. Having been recycled, tyres are shredded down to rubber crumb, which can be repurposed into play mats, running tracks and rubberised asphalt so are sure to get a second life.
Repurposing your Tyres
Lastly, you can always repurpose your old tyres. Websites such as Pinterest feature plenty of ideas of how to reuse your tyres. Think about where you may have seen old tyres reused before: would local schools be able to use them in the playground as makeshift garden planters? Could outdoor play centres or parks use them as obstacles?
Even a tyre swing in the back garden might make a fun feature for the kids as well as a bit of nostalgia for the adults. Animals love a tyre swing as much as the children too, so a local zoo or animal sanctuary might take then off your hands. Boat buffers, athletic equipment... the opportunities for reuse are endless.
If time and imagination aren’t on your side, then come to Clearabee and well take care of your leftover tyres on your behalf. And whilst we’re talking imagination... did you figure out who are the largest (and smallest) tyre manufacturer in the world? It’s Lego.
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