I know tires can be recycled but any place I've ever taken them wants to charge me for taking them. Luckily I used to work at a tire shop so I still have an in with the owner that allows me to drop a few off at no charge. My question is has anyone ever found a way to recycle these and make money, not lose it? If I could find someone to pay a little bit I'd start picking them up off the side of the road. There's so many tire dump sites around here it's not funny.
And no I'm not going to burn them and try to recover the belts...that's just nonsense!
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There are a number of places here in Denver that will buy tires that still have some life left...very popular with the Hispanics and in certain parts of town there is a used tire store on every street corner it seems like.
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"Give them enough so they can do something with it, but not too much that they won't do nothing."
As far as recycling, the nearest for me is somewhere in the Southeast. Not economical to transport a load for what they'd pay. So you see HUGE piles of tires around here.
People may laugh at me, but that's ok. I laugh all the way to the bank.
Hmmm, I live in the Southeast...what is this place you speak of Mick? I knew about the used tire places but the ones I see dumped on the sides of gravel roads around here are beyond their useful lives. But I do have a few at my house that are useable. I knew about buying used tires but didn't think to ask if they would buy them from me.
I forget the state. I think it was S. Carolina or Georgia. It was a plant that made asphalt for roads and ground the tires into the asphalt. I looked into hauling trailer loads of tires but what they were paying wouldn't even cover the fuel costs. The problem was tires simply take up too much room.
Here is one possibility if you are interested:
For those who live in Indiana:
This might e worth it if you don't destroy the tires for the rims.
Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.
You could build a house with them.
Pretty sure there's a thread about that on here somewhere.
You are correct sir, they are called Earthships and I think it was computerscrapper that was building one.
Here is what you do. Find the used tire recycler. They charge from 1.50 to 250 per tire. Then charge the customer that wants removal more. Then haul them off and get paid a few.
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I often think about the tyres, there is surely more that can be done with them after their "original use"?
I did see a program that was dealing with this subject a number of years ago.
A company that made matting for children's playgrounds and schools were mixing in granulated rubber bits with "something else" to produce the matting?
some of the granulated rubber came from tyres?
There is a small company up here that takes old used tires and cuts them up somehow and is making like a walk off mat out of them. These are quite large and are used in horse barns.(if I heard him correct)
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If it plugs in or runs on battery, we recycle it.
The tread was cut off & then cut thru so we had a long strip of treadwidth rubber.
Then we laid 3 tread strips on the floor & riveted a metal strip 3 treads wide onto each end, under the end of the strips.
Solid, pretty much impervious to oil & solvents & hot metal, kept you off the concrete floor too (cold feet).
Pick up & shake to get rid of dust & metal chips.
Thanks for all the ideas guys. I think I may look into this. I live near Atlanta so there should be some tire shops that can retread them. It's on my back burner for now as I'm kind of swamped (just bought eight pallets of electronics from Public Surplus) but I thought I'd stir up some opinions and ideas. If I can make a few dollars (or even one!) on tires on the side of the road, it may be worthwhile.
As you can see this is an old article from Rueters,
But this company are doing what this other company was doing that were on the program i was talking about.
In my post i called them "matting" however in the U.S. you will know them as "wear mats" , its the same thing.
The company below, seemed to have grabbed the market for this sort of thing and produce all sorts of safety goods from rubber?
I hope the information is of some help to you mate!?
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Tue Aug 25, 2009 4:53pm EDT
End of 'Cash for Clunkers' Program Creates Unprecedented Opportunity for
LAKEWOOD, N.J., Aug. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Few could have imagined how
popular the government's "cash for clunkers" program would become. When all is
said and done, some 800,000 cars will have been scrapped for new, more fuel
efficient vehicles. While this is good for the environment in terms of
emissions, it creates a host of challenges when talking about what to do with
the scrapped vehicles.
We here at Rubberecycle see great opportunity to reduce the impact these
"clunkers" pose when it comes to the environment by taking advantage of
technology to recycle key parts of the vehicles. "Consider the tires alone,
with 800,000 vehicles you are looking at more than 3 million tires. We can
take and convert those tires into products people can use again to enhance the
quality of their lives," according to Keith Sacks, Vice President,
One of the best uses for recycled tires is a rubber mulch product called
"PlaySafer." PlaySafer mulch is used in parks, playgrounds and backyards
across the country. It is also the surface of choice for the White House
playground! "This product has been proven in more than a hundred studies over
nearly two decades to not only be safe but to enhance the safety of your
children. The EPA has recommended it for years and Consumer Reports has given
it two thumbs up as well. It is a better, safer and smarter alternative to
traditional wood mulch, gravel and sand products," says Sacks.
Consumers should also be cautious when it comes to buying tires from old
"clunker" vehicles. Some of these tires will make it to the re-sale market and
some may be safe for road use; there is a pretty good chance that the tires
are clunkers themselves.
"Cash for Clunkers" has been a tremendous boost to the economy and the
environment. The challenge now is to keep that momentum going by making the
best use of the discarded parts. Tire recycling is one giant green step in
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Lakewood is about an hr and a half from me.....interesting.....
I think both Georgia and florida both have laws where a % of every new surfice road has to be old tire rubber. now if we could just find something to with these old comp/tv tubes.
The thing is there is only so many playgrounds that need resurfacing, so many piles of animal feed that need the covers weighed down and so many jetties and harbours that need to stop small boats bumping the edge. There is also a limit to how much of this stuff you can mix with asphalt. I think the latest thing people are doing with tyres is pyrolysis, where the tyre is transformed into useable components, ie carbon black, steel, oil and gas. There's much more about it here:
Used tire shops pay me between $5-$20 bucks for em depending on the tread.
I spoke with a guy who does one and only one thing... Recycle Tires. He has a processing plant in Richmond, VA where he shreds them and separates the steel out. He charges $1 if you bring the tires to his transfer station and charges $1.50 to pick them up.
He might have been padding his stats a little but he says that he goes through enough tires to separate 3 tons of Steel a week. that's just from tires!
so he's making money off the rubber and the metal.
He asked me if I had any connects for a metal buyer source. Says he'll give me a brokering bonus. I think he wants to ship it directly over seas as he's already dealing with SIMS. Whose going to pay more than them?
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