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Old 04-02-07, 08:42 AM   #1
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Tire and tube recycling

The more I've been riding lately, the more I've been appreciating how sustainable bike travel can be, so when I was swapping out a punctured tube last night for a nice new one, I started wondering if anyone does anything to recycle or re-use these old tubes or tires. Melting down the rubber (if it's possible), using them for art projects or other uses, or even sending them back to the manufacturer for them to re-use the valve stem seems like a few good ways to generate less waste. I've seen the guy on the internet who makes furniture out of old bike parts like rims, tires and tubes, but I'm thinking more on the large scale. I have to imagine that lots of popped tubes end up in the dumpster every day.

I haven't really had a chance to research this yet, but I thought I'd post a thread here first to ask if anyone knows if people or companies are doing anything about this. If I find anything out later, I'll be sure to post it here.

Thanks, everyone.
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Old 04-02-07, 09:54 AM   #2
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The more I've been riding lately, the more I've been appreciating how sustainable bike travel can be, so when I was swapping out a punctured tube last night for a nice new one, I started wondering if anyone does anything to recycle or re-use these old tubes or tires. Melting down the rubber (if it's possible), using them for art projects or other uses, or even sending them back to the manufacturer for them to re-use the valve stem seems like a few good ways to generate less waste. I've seen the guy on the internet who makes furniture out of old bike parts like rims, tires and tubes, but I'm thinking more on the large scale. I have to imagine that lots of popped tubes end up in the dumpster every day.

I haven't really had a chance to research this yet, but I thought I'd post a thread here first to ask if anyone knows if people or companies are doing anything about this. If I find anything out later, I'll be sure to post it here.

Thanks, everyone.
What about calling some of those tire recycling centres to see if they can take them? Here in Nova Scotia we pay a tire tax when we buy auto tires that goes toward tire recycling. However, just in the news lately the tire recycling plant has been shut down and tires are piling up at the automotive garages because they are not allowed to dump them. One plant wanted to use the tires as fuel but that caused an environmental stink-up (pardon the pun). That was a few months ago, so I'm not sure if the situation is resolved.

With my old tires and tubes, I have found other uses for them around the house:
- I have an archery range at my house and i use tubes to hold the target in place (kinda like a bungy cord). I always give a bunch to a friend of mine for his archery range.
- I'm toying with the idea of using old tubes as an archery backstop (butt), but I don't have that many.
- I use tubes as chain stay protectors on my MTB
- I put tubes (cut in half lengthwise) on the tops of my road bike handlebars before wrapping them in bar tape, reduces vibration.
- I use old road bike tires on my trainer, so as not to wear down my new ones
- I use old road tires as a tire liner when running studs on my MTB
- I wrap the hooks I hang my bikes on with old tubes so as not to marr the rim

There's more but I can't think of them right now......been doing it for so long that I guess I'm just use to it.
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Old 04-02-07, 10:16 AM   #3
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The more I've been riding lately, the more I've been appreciating how sustainable bike travel can be, so when I was swapping out a punctured tube last night for a nice new one, I started wondering if anyone does anything to recycle or re-use these old tubes or tires. Melting down the rubber (if it's possible), using them for art projects or other uses, or even sending them back to the manufacturer for them to re-use the valve stem seems like a few good ways to generate less waste. I've seen the guy on the internet who makes furniture out of old bike parts like rims, tires and tubes, but I'm thinking more on the large scale. I have to imagine that lots of popped tubes end up in the dumpster every day.

I haven't really had a chance to research this yet, but I thought I'd post a thread here first to ask if anyone knows if people or companies are doing anything about this. If I find anything out later, I'll be sure to post it here.

Thanks, everyone.
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Old 04-02-07, 10:22 AM   #4
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I have dumped old tires in the tire recycling bin at a local tire and auto shop. My tubes usually get several patches before they are totally retired. Unless they blow out. I have cut them up to use for repairing other things, like the one way flap valve on my son's stick vacuum. I use them for tie downs, gate return springs, and the like.

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Old 04-02-07, 06:45 PM   #5
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I have a old tube as a "bungee cord" on my rear rack
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Old 04-02-07, 06:49 PM   #6
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Pedros uses recycled tubes to make seat packs. Certain shops collect tubes or you might be able to send them in directly.
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Old 04-02-07, 06:52 PM   #7
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www.flat-bags.com will take used tubes, that they then use in their bags.
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