Scrap You Later

Recycling Tires from Scrap Cars

June 07, 2021 iScrap App Episode 32
Scrap You Later
Recycling Tires from Scrap Cars
Show Notes Transcript

Are you scrapping cars? Do you recycle the tires from them? It's a common problem that scrappers have whether they should try to resell or recycle them. In this episode of Scrap You Later, Tom discusses scrapping tires, what to do with them, and what becomes of them.

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Tom Buechel:

Hey, scrappers, it's Tom from iScrap App. And in this episode of Scrap You Later, we want to talk about scrapping tires, or if you can scrap tires, because generally, when you scrap cars and you do piece it out, you're always going to have that tire leftover. Now, over the years, tires have never really been a positive value, they've generally been something that you need to pay to get rid of. Even the garbage man, I know that sometimes we've gotten some scrap tires here at my scrap yard, where they're still attached to the rim. And when we separate them, and we go to put one or two in the garbage, you know, the garbage always returns into us because they don't want tires inside of the dumps because they don't biodegrade very well. And they just kind of sit there, like a big lump of gum in the bottom of your stomach, like your parents told you if you ever swallowed it. So the scrap tires that you could get off of your different cars, you might want to look at them and just say, Okay, what do I do with them? No, normally they cost between $1 and $5 per tire to get rid of them for regular cars and SUVs and pickup trucks. But the bigger tires that are like the truck tires, they could be upwards of $10 per piece to get rid of. Now when aluminum prices are high, and you have an average of $0.60-$0.70 cents for aluminum rims, which it has been in the past. And while we record this in 2021, we have really high aluminum prices, you could have a really nice return and you don't mind paying to get rid of those tires. But what happens to those tires once they do get recycled, once you find a good person that's going to buy them, or it's going to charge you to take them, what should you do. Now number one, you should really never expect to get paid for them. What you should expect to do is either to get rid of them for free, which is a win, or you should expect to pay a few dollars per tire to get rid of them. But if you're doing a lot of scrap, if you're an auto shop, if you're just a regular full time scrap or scrapping cars out, I always recommend saving things. When you have 30, 40, 50 of anything whether it's computers to take apart, we've always said if you go to take computer towers apart, save them. So while you take your tools out, you do at the same time, it saves you time and money. Same thing goes for tires. If you have more tires, then you're going to get charged less. And it kind of makes it a little easier to write. I know that sounds funny, but it in our experience, it's easier to write a company a $200 check than to worry about a $5 or a $10 charge here or there because that becomes more annoying than it does business. But those tires once they do get picked up what happens from there? Well, there's tire recyclers that take those tires, and shred them just like you shred paper, like different Mills shred steel, like different copper choppers, shred and chop copper, these tires, it's really kind of cool, they'll chop them into a million small pieces. And one thing that you may not know, inside of the tires are all small pieces of steel. Now they're really, really tough because they're so thin because there are lines that run through the entire tire to keep it rigid, give it a little more stability. And one really telltale sign that your tires are wearing out is you can actually start to see those pieces of steel on the outside treads, that's when you know it's definitely time for some new ones. Because when you're showing the steel, that means that you're just a bump on the road away from having that tire blow. But these tire recyclers will take them they'll shred them into small pieces, they'll use a lot of magnets to pull all the steel out so they can recycle that. And then what's left over is that shredded tire. Now, depending on the recycler, there's a few different applications that you could use this for in the form that would be shredded, it might be a little smaller than a dime, they'll be able to take those and actually paint them. And you could see those used in playgrounds, they make them so when the kids are stepping on the playground, it's a little softer. They also sell it as a rubber moultrie could get it in multitude of colors. So if you ave a swing set in your back ard, you can lay underneath a wing set with a border. So when our kids are playing, they'll e able to bounce up and down on t again, safer when they nevitably fall or push each ther off of the swing. And then hey also use it in sports acilities where they'll take hose bigger pieces, and they'll rind them down even smaller. So f you were ever on a rofessional sports field or ven a high school sports field owadays, I'm not talking about he old school turf where it you now, kind of is just a carpet n top of pad on top of oncrete. But the new fields ave grass that's kind of it ooks just like grass and that rass inside to give it a litt e more cushion and to give it a little more grit when that wh n the athletes are running, th y have shredded tire pieces n them. And they're general y very, very small, almost t e size of like a small bead. o you'll see those used there s well. And then they also a e able to recycle these tire , melt them back down becau e don't forget their oil bas d products. And the recycli g process takes its way. But fr m getting the tire from a scr p car to its end use, it's real y cool to see that there has be n an established recycling meth d and different reuses a d repurposing for these thing , you know where they talk abo t with recycling the three R'


reduce, reuse, recycle, righ , those those type of that metho , right. So it's really neat th t there are different avenues. B t what you may want to do is fi d a couple of options in yo r area, call your scrap yards o see if they'll charge you o take care of them becau e sometimes it's easier to ju t drop them off at one spot, ha e them take money off of yo r ticket, let them recycle the . So if you're not doing a lot f them, let someone else do it. f you are doing a lot of the , save them. And of cours , everything in life s negotiable. So if you can find a tire recycler that's willing o work with you long term, y u might have to pay a little mo e money for the first few pickup , but after that you might be ab e to negotiate a deal to recyc e those tires better, dropper . This is Tom from the iScrap pp. We hope that you continue o follow our podcasts. Until ext time, I'll scrap you later.