The latest available data (2009) shows that 263 million tires were scrapped, which amounts to more than 4.7 million tons of waste.
Toxins released from tire decomposition, incineration or accidental fires can pollute the water, air and soil. While 42 states regulate tire disposal to some degree, eight states have no restrictions on what you must do with your discarded tires. Even with laws in place, illegal dumping still occurs, presenting negative environmental impacts.
Find below some creative ideas to use old tires, but if you are not into DIY projects, help the environment with the Reuse Tips below:
Tire Dealers: Local tire dealers recycle old tires. Most tire dealers will accept tires for a fee, even if you did not buy new tires from them.
Garbage haulers: Some accept tires (fees may apply). Some landfills and transfer stations also accept tires for recycling.
City and township clean-up events may offer tire recycling (fees may apply). Contact your city or township for more information.
Source: US Dept of Energy & Google