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A lot of junk is piling up in the world—so much so that we don’t know what to do with it. We all do our best to recycle papers, cans, and glass; some people even compost their food scraps. However, some items—such as tires—are tough to get rid of. Garbage collection companies won’t take tires because they’re bad for the landfills. Thankfully, when a tire is no longer useful on a vehicle, the rubber can be used for other things. Here’s how to properly get rid of old tires.

Buy New Tires First

When you take your car in to get new tires, the shop that sells and installs the new ones will likely get rid of the old ones for you. This is often a major selling point for tire shops. They don’t expect anyone to be able to haul off their old, useless tires. Tire shops usually contract with a third party to come get the old tires; the third party then becomes responsible for their disposal.

Repurpose Them

If you’re creative, then come up with a new use for your old tires. They’re good as decorative planters, swings for kids, or boat bumpers on a dock. Do a little research and find out how to make them useful again. Whatever you do, don’t toss them on the side of the road. Be responsible with their disposal.

Send Them to a Community Recycling Event

Some cities and towns host a recycling event once a year for hard-to-recycle items. They’ll come to take away things such as old refrigerators, electronics, tires, or old paint cans, free of charge. Some events require you to take the items to a central location; either way, you can unload your junk. This is a great time to get rid of any old tires you have lying around.

Call a Junk Removal Service

More and more junk removal companies are popping up. People are realizing they have too much stuff, and private industries are meeting the need. Junk removal companies may have minimums or flat fees, so you may have to call and find out. Take the opportunity to get rid of other stuff you don’t want, or have friends bring their junk over for disposal, too. Your local RNR Tire Express will make sure your used tires get to the right place. Come in and get four new tires, and we’ll dispose of your old ones properly.

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