How to Reuse Old Tires
There are plenty of great uses for used tires around the home and garden. But first, here are a couple of cautionary notes.
First, tire swings can be a dangerous breeding ground for mosquitoes. You might consider hanging them flat, so the hole in the tire is parallel with the ground. Either way, you might want to drill several holes in the bottom of the tire to keep them from collecting rainwater.
Also, tires can contain heavy metals such as cadmium, so take care when using them as planters or other garden uses where they will be close to edible vegetables and roots. So, with the disclaimers out of the way, there are plenty of other good, creative uses for tires.
You’ve probably seen tires as bumpers around boat docks. Most of us aren’t building boat docks, but you can use the same principle in the garage. Protect your car while the kids are learning to drive by attaching a tire to the garage wall at the same height as your car bumper. Similarly, tires are often used as bumpers at Go-Kart tracks. A large backyard might be a great place for a Go-Kart track or bike course. Old tires could make the races a little safer.
Speaking of back-yard games, how about a home tetherball? Poured concrete in a tire can make a sturdy but mobile pole. Aside from a tetherball pole, it can also hold up a clothesline, a sunshade or a pup tent. For yet more fun, a large tractor tire can be filled with sand for a fun sandbox for small children.
The earlier warning about heavy metal only applies to edible plants. Tires have plenty of other garden uses, as planters or retaining walls. If you get creative, there are plenty of other options for keeping used tires out of the landfill and save yourself the cost of a new product.
Also, find out how the rest of your car can be recycled.