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Purchasing Tires for My Old Faithful

2011 September 29

By Denise Owens

Normally when I go to purchase tires for my vehicle it’s usually because they are worn. But in this case they were dry rotted. It’s an old little SUV that isn’t driven much.

So I started my search online for the best deals. After finding the best deal I made an appointment to have the tires installed. After arriving at the service center, the serviceman informed me that along with having my tires installed and balanced. I needed more work to my vehicle.

After spending my entire Saturday getting my old faithful truck serviced, I received my bill. I was ok with all the charges until I noticed a fee for tire disposal. So I asked the serviceman where do you dispose the old tires? He said “oh, we put them in the dumpster.” So I told him, I’d take them with me instead. He looked at me as if I was crazy.

I left the service center with all of my old tires. On my way home, I stopped at my area recycling center. At the recycling center, there is an area to dispose of tires. So I removed the tires from my truck and disposed of them in the proper area.

I feel so good knowing that I disposed of my own tires and saved money by disposing of them the correct way.

What do you do when you purchase new tires?

About the author: Denise Owens has worked with the Environmental Protection Agency for over 20 years

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10 Responses leave one →
  1. Elise Johnston permalink
    September 29, 2011

    Did you investigate used tires? There are vendors that specialize in re-selling almost new, gently worn tire for a fraction of the price (and the balancing, etc.). Give used tires a new life, save money and report instances of disposal fee fraud to the proper authorities.

  2. armansyahardanis permalink
    September 29, 2011

    Informal Workers : Reuse of The Things.-

    In my city has a lot of informal workers who are repairs many things to become on the road again. Fantastic! They have entrepreneurship and always think how make the old things to be changed ready. Their skill are better than government corruption employees….

  3. Jerry permalink
    September 29, 2011

    That is wonderfull, You did a great thing, however where I live, they are supposedly forced by the govt. to charge the disposal fee anyway!
    Even though we also have recycler that will dispose of them for us. They claim it must be charged in order to sell a new tire!
    (I have been instructed as such by several tire retailers in our area.)

  4. bootsoutletmall permalink
    September 30, 2011

    Some see this sad, hope to improve

  5. September 30, 2011

    info very usefull thank you so much

  6. Katie permalink
    October 3, 2011

    Wow, this is very helpful. I’ll keep this in mind next time I get new tires! Thanks.

  7. Taran permalink
    October 16, 2011

    That’s great! Denise, you were very proactive with the recycling. Most people don’t do that at all. I’d say, many reputable tire businesses ensure that the tires are recycled. For example, I work with TireVan – a mobile tire installer – who also offers EPA employees in the DC metro area a discount! We have a relationship with an area facility that all used tires that we remove from our customers’ vehicles are promptly recycled.

  8. Joe Eitel permalink
    May 11, 2012

    It makes me sick when people toss tires into municipal landfills! Tires aren’t just made out of rubber, they also contain toxic substances that can leach into groundwater or release toxic chemicals into the air if they are burned.

    Denise, I’m surprised the serviceman said they throw the tires right into the dumpster. That’s not right. Tires are definitely recyclable. Because of their potential negative effects on the environment, tires should always be recycled or reused. Here’s a link to the EPA page on tire recycling:

  9. May 26, 2012

    Thank you for the helpful hint. I have never asked what was done with the used tires. Next time I buy tires I will make sure they are recycled.

  10. July 18, 2012

    Wow! You just did two great things, one after the other. The tires are the parts of the car that first come into contact with the road. That is why your tires should always have deeper tracks: to have a firmer grip on the surface. Also, by disposing your old tires properly, you lessen the risk of them turning into pollutants.

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