Posted on October 10, 2023

Do you ever think about the tires on your car, truck, or bike? Probably not unless they’re balder than your grandpa or you have a flat. When it comes to tire disposal, we can help you know what to do!

Responsible Tire Disposal

One way to get rid of your old tires is to reuse them as something else, like tire swings, sandboxes, raised garden beds, or hanging planters. However, if you don’t want to keep your tires, you’ll have to drop them off.

We accept all types of tires at Metro Park East and Metro Park West landfills, as well as small passenger tires at Metro Hazardous Waste Drop-Off.

Once your tires are taken to these facilities, they are recycled! We partner with a manufacturer who turns them into things such as picnic tables, park benches, running tracks, and even new tires.

Just last year, Metro Waste Authority recycled over 195 tons of tires! That’s enough to fill over 20 semi-trucks. It just goes to show that even the things we don’t think about can have a big impact on the environment and can be repurposed in creative ways.

Where Tires Don't Belong

Tires do not belong in your garbage cart because they are banned from landfills. This is for a few reasons:

  • They are not easily compacted
  • They do not easily decompose
  • They can trap methane gas and float to the top of the landfill.
  • They are highly flammable