Recycling Old Tires

As we cruise toward winter, many Woodstock car owners are purchasing new tires in preparation for cooler weather. Wet leaves, frost, and the occasional snowfall make slick driving conditions, and tires with worn tread cause countless accidents in the cooler months. Just like oil changes and regular trips to the Woodstock quick wash, replacing your tires is a necessary to making your car last. But what happens to those old, useless tires?

tiresRecycle Old Tires

If your tires are unfit for the open road, chances are they’re going to get scrapped. Damaged tires are one of the world’s largest sources of waste, but due to the durability of rubber, they’re also one of the most useful. While some old tires get retreaded and given a new life on the open road, most are shredded reused. Common uses for old tires include:

  • Rubber mulch
  • Stepping stones
  • Carpet underlay
  • Fillers
  • Shingles
  • Playground surfacing
  • Fuel gas and oil

Repurpose Old Tires

Old, thoroughly cleaned tires can also find new life around your house. Innovative homeowners reuse their worn tires by making tire swings, garden planters, chairs and tables, and ornamental displays. Keeping your tires in good condition through regular carwashes and automobile waxing will open new possibilities for reusing your rubber wheels.

Caring for Your Tires

Properly caring for your tires will give you safer, more durable wheels. Regularly inspect your tires for proper alignment, good air pressure, and tears in the tread. Don’t neglect your tires.  Regular carwashes will remove road grime and contaminates from your car’s wheels. Get your tires detailed several times a year to preserve the life of your tread and hubcaps.

Drive by Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail for a quality Woodstock quick wash to help your tires go that extra mile.

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