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Old 01-24-05, 04:38 AM   #1
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Disposing of old bike parts...? (metal and rubber)

Ok, the metal stuff is a no-brainer, I do semi-regular trips to the recycling facility, first sorting the steel and aluminum. However, I've got a big bag of old tires/tubes/grips that I haven't thrown away on account of not knowing how to dispose of them, and also thinking I'd come up with something to do with the stuff. I need to unload this crap, was thinking about asking the tire place down the street if they'd take it.

What do you guys do? And PLEASE don't say you just put it in the landfill.
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Old 01-24-05, 12:03 PM   #2
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It's pretty easy to recycle automobile tires, a fair number of dealers will take them and some municipal recycle facilities; but, I don't know if they'll also take bike tires. Check around, and ask at your LBS's to see if any of them know. Old innertubes can be cut into rubber bands that are useful for lots of things - holding that little applicator tube to your bottle of lubricant, for example. You can also use pieces of old innertube as cushioning when you mount accessories to handlebars or frame tubing. Anyway, I applaud your efforts to recycle. I work in the Solid Waste program of the Washington Dept of Ecology, and recycling is one of our major issues here.
Recycle Good! Landfill bad!!
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I just put it in the landfill....

No I'm just kidding. Theres a guy at my local bike co-op that actually recycles old tubes and uses them for padding in his messenger bags. Not sure if it helps, but its an idea.
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It's pretty easy to recycle automobile tires, a fair number of dealers will take them and some municipal recycle facilities; but, I don't know if they'll also take bike tires.
A local Les Schwab Tire Center takes my old bicycle tires, especially after I tell them our team rebuilds bikes for needy kids. I think the key is not to take too many in at a time. Most auto tire places I've approached are warm to the idea of recycling bicycle tires, and they usually act like nobody has ever asked them before. Motorcycle shop might be a good alternative too. Maybe this is an idea whose time has come...
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Ok, the metal stuff is a no-brainer, I do semi-regular trips to the recycling facility, first sorting the steel and aluminum. However, I've got a big bag of old tires/tubes/grips that I haven't thrown away on account of not knowing how to dispose of them, and also thinking I'd come up with something to do with the stuff. I need to unload this crap, was thinking about asking the tire place down the street if they'd take it.

What do you guys do? And PLEASE don't say you just put it in the landfill.
Some MTB clubs use the old tires in the the construction and maintenance of trails they use them for waterbars and things. Personally I use old tires for chainstay guards padding for my rack so my pedal psts don't wear through the plastic of my Bones rack. Old grops sometimes get used on tool handles. Old tubes I cut up and use as rubber bands and outer headset seals. Cut up tubes make EXCELLENT shims for lights (take note MERTON), I try to reuse/ recycle as much as possible when it comes to stuff that doesn't play well with nature
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I help with the collection of donated old bikes and bike parts to 'Pedals for Progress' ( http://www.p4p.org )

This group takes apart donated bikes, ships them overseas to developing nations, where bike 'assembly' and maintenance shops are created.

This helps with environmental stewardship, recycling, and economic development. You probably have a P4P representative living in your area.

If these metal and rubber parts are serviceable, and in otherwise decent shape, that's what I would suggest.
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Ok, the metal stuff is a no-brainer, I do semi-regular trips to the recycling facility, first sorting the steel and aluminum. However, I've got a big bag of old tires/tubes/grips that I haven't thrown away on account of not knowing how to dispose of them, and also thinking I'd come up with something to do with the stuff. I need to unload this crap, was thinking about asking the tire place down the street if they'd take it.

What do you guys do? And PLEASE don't say you just put it in the landfill.
I recently purchased some old bicycles; which I stripped for parts.

The trash frames, wheels, tires and other parts, I thew into a dumpster near my office.

Usually when I have old tires and tubes I just stuff them into a trash bag and they are picked up by the city trash collectors.

Did I do the wrong thing?
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OK, this is a bit off topic, but I'm making wind chimes out of my old steel frames that are either trashed or otherwise un-reviveable.
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I recently purchased some old bicycles; which I stripped for parts.

The trash frames, wheels, tires and other parts, I thew into a dumpster near my office.

Usually when I have old tires and tubes I just stuff them into a trash bag and they are picked up by the city trash collectors.

Did I do the wrong thing?
Check out this photo of your own backyard, and you tell me.
http://www.americaninfrastructure.co...ltimore_lg.htm

Unfortunately, it's far too easy in our society to just throw stuff away without any consideration of the consequences. Just like it's far too easy to drive a gas guzzler.
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OK, this is a bit off topic, but I'm making wind chimes out of my old steel frames that are either trashed or otherwise un-reviveable.
Very cool. Make Art.
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