Uses for Recycled Tires

December 1, 2016 | Recycling, Tires

tire art

After tires wear out, they don’t have to just end up in a pile in a landfill. There are various uses for recycled tires that make sure that the rubber and other materials don’t go to waste after their treads wear out. Here are some great uses for recycled tires:


For years, artists and designers have used recycled items to make clothing. If you want to make your wardrobe greener, you can find anything from shoes to belts made from old tires.


You might not think a tire could be turned into art, but it can. Creative artists often use tires to create sculptures and carvings. Check out this site to see tires in a whole new light.


At Western Tire Recyclers, we create rubber mulch from old tires. Many companies around the world do this, as it effectively insulates the soil to retain moisture and warmth. Instead of using wood chips our composts, try using recycled tires for your mulching.

Industrial fuel

Tires are an efficient material for fuel, producing the same amount of energy as oil and 25 percent more than coal. Though the EPA doesn’t define using tires for industrial fuel as recycling, it’s a good way to repurpose them.

Playground equipment

Kids take tumbles on the playground. We all remember skinned knees and splinters caused by wood chips and gravel. Playground surfaces that contain 90 to 100 percent post consumer rubber or plastic are more sustainable and providing cushioning for inevitable falls.

Athletic playing fields

Recycled rubber from car tires is safe in artificial turf fields and tracks. Schools that choose artificial turf can contribute to a more sustainable world by reusing tire rubber instead of making fields and tracks from new materials.

Comments on 'Uses for Recycled Tires':

Comment from Cole Pearson on January 4, 2017, 12:44 pm

These are all very good ideas on how to efficiently use a tire after its life cycle has ended! Thank you for posting!


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