Old tyres are trash items that need to be disposed of responsibly. Despite wear, old tyres stay intact and are “indestructible” according to Earl W. Dahl of Goodyear. This is why many people choose to visit a service station to get a tyre replaced and will gladly pay a small disposal fee if necessary. Otherwise, you’ll probably have to pay for a haul-away service to get rid of a tyre properly and legally. Instead, consider reusing the tyre to help both the environment and your pocketbook.
Spray the old tire with a tire cleaning and degreasing product and hose it down thoroughly to get rid of the months or years of dirt and grime before you attempt to reuse it around your home.
Reuse the tire as a swing for your children. Hang it from a sturdy branch of a tree using a strong, thick rope (at least two to three inches in diameter). Make sure you use a square knot to secure the rope to the tire and the tree branch. See Resources for a description of how to tie a square knot.
Paint your old tires in pastels and bright colors. Lay each tire down flat in the pattern of your choice in your backyard. Fill it with dirt to use it as a unique, decorative "growing pot" for flowers. If you're in charge of a town beautification program, reusing the tires in this way is an ideal way to show that you town is committed to recycling and reusing creatively. You can also grow some vegetables, like potatoes inside of tires (see Resources for more information on planting potatoes).
Use the tire as a bumper to prevent damage to your car when parked on the street as another alternative. Attach the old tire to a sturdy rope (with a square knot again) and throw the rope in your trunk. Close the trunk door and allow the tire to hang in front of the bumper.