Recycle and Reuse Series: Tires

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Recycled TiresThis is the first in the  recycle and reuse series.   While I don’t think I will have very many used tires to figure out what to do with them in a prepper’s way, there are things that can be done with them.

When I was a kid, sometimes grandpa would have to replace a tractor tire.  He gave us one of the tires which mom and dad promptly filled with playground sand.  We loved that thing!  I think we spend an entire summer in that thing.  Another time my uncles took an old tire and make a tire swing.  We played on that almost as much as we played in the sandbox years before.  That is until we found spiders in the swing.  All we had to do was sit there and get bit.  That was it.  We didn’t play in it any more.  Some more years later, when we lived in Minnesota, my mother used a few old tires, as did many other people, as a planter.  Some people used them for growing tomatoes and other easy to grow in pots vegetables.  Others just for flowers.

Then some years later there was a long discussion in the media about the problems associated with the chemicals used to make tires and that we shouldn’t be using them for growing vegetables.  I never forgot that.  I didn’t use any old tires for planters or in any location where they children might play.  I figured if arsenic in the wood decking would be absorbed by little feet, it was possible that children shouldn’t be playing with them either.  You might feel differently, but check for updated facts first.  If you find anything interesting, please post a comment!!

All that being said, there are sill many uses for old tires.  This website offers quite a few suggestions everything from retaining walls to bumpers in the garage to prevent car scrapes on the walls.

Thrifty Fun

photo by: pfarrell95