Approximately 242 million tires are discarded annually in the United States. Some of these tires will be stock piled and illegally disposed of ending up in our landfills.  Tires can be recycled many different ways, makin fuel and saving our landfills, roads, children, etc.  I was surprised at the different ways tires are recycled at my local recycle station. 

They are first sent to a tire dismantler to remove the rims from the wheels.  Tires that can be rethreated and reused are.  The remaining scrap tires are sent to a facility for shredding.  A large magnet called a crum will pass over the tire scraps to remove any left over steel. 

Some of the remaining rubber is then ground again, colored and used to cover playgrounds and horse arenas.

Another common use for the recycled rubber is to combine it with asphalt to make roads.  Over the past years, California has used over 10 million waste tires in Rubberized Asphalt Concrete (RAC) paving projects.


Tires cannot just be thrown in the garbage, and your local dump will most likely charge for your tire trash.  When you purchase new tires, make sure you ask if they will dispose of your old tires for you.  This will save you money and ensure the tires will end up in the proper recycle facility.