How do I dispose of my tyres?
A staggering 17 billion tons of tyres are scrapped worldwide every year so we’d urge you to recycle or reuse wherever possible.
In the EU it’s illegal to dispose of your tyres in your household waste, or even take them to landfill sites. Although this may sound annoying, it’s actually good news because it encourages us to find ways of recycling or reusing them.
If you have tyres that you want to get rid of, it’s worth getting in touch with your local recycling centres as some have specific bays for tyres. Alternatively you can contact your local Uniroyal tyre dealer or companies that specialise in tyre recycling.
What do they do with them?
Tyres contain high quantities of raw materials, such as steel, textile and rubber, and these can be recycled to create rubberised surfaces for playgrounds, sports tracks and even carpet underlays. Using old tyres as an alternative fuel to coal in cement kilns has become a multimillion-pound business.
How can tyres be reused?
There are lots of uses for old tyres – from children’s swings to go-kart safety barriers. It’s worth asking your local schools or farms if they’d be interested. If not, why not try one of the creative projects featured on Pinterest? You’d be amazed at what’s possible.