60+ Ingenious Ways to Reuse Scrap Tires

Recycled tires transformed into new things

Automobiles have been mass produced for more than a century – that equates to a lot of scrap tires. Until about two decades ago the vast majority of these tires were simply tossed in a landfill or stockpiled somewhere.

In fact, the Rubber Manufacturer’s Association (RMA) states there were 1 billion tires stockpiled in the U.S. as recently as 1990.

2011 figures show that number has dwindled down to about 111.5 million tires. About 60 million of these tires are stockpiled at two locations in the “Rubber Mountain state”, Colorado.

Today, about 88% of scrap tires are reused or recycled into new products. That’s good news considering tires are terrible for the environment:

  • They don’t decompose quickly
  • They contain toxic chemicals
  • They’re breeding grounds for mosquitos and other pests

Most states have laws prohibiting disposing of tires in landfills, and 48 states have some sort of procedure for safely disposing of tires.

Practical solutions for recycling scrap tires includes:

  • Creating fuel from tires
  • Making rubber pellets to manufacture new products
  • Re-treading tires
  • Melting down to be used in asphalt mixes

Those uses are certainly excellent ways to reduce the number of scrap tires piled high across the nation, but that’s not what this article is all about.

We want to take a look at the more unique, creative, artistic, awe-inspiring, stupefying, mind-blowing, why-didn’t-I-think-of-that type of ways to reuse scrap tires.

Scrap tire roofing

Scrap tire roofing

Via: Flickr: Jennifer Long

Fashion from repurposed tires

Recycled tire fashion

Via: Silodrome, eCouterre, Lushome, inhabitat

Playtime!

outdoor play equipment made from recycled tires

Via: Kaboom, Ripe Green Ideas, Backpackerina

…More Playtime fun

scrap tire play equipment

Via: I Heart Naptime, Flickr: Nick Sayers

Garden and Outdoor Decorating Fun

use scrap tires in the garden

examples of recycled tire creations for the garden

Via: Crooked Brains, RelaxShacks.com, Snappy Pixels, House Logic, Green Diary

Upcycled Tire Art

tire sculpture

tire art

Via: Eric Langert, Yong Ho Ji, inhabitat, Arts Observer, Tire Art, The Throttle, Inspiration Green

For the home

recycled tires in the home

Furniture made from recycled tires

Via: Home Crux, Nest, Green Launches, The Luxury Spot, Design Rulz