Do you have old, worn-out tyres lying in your backyard? Are you looking for the safest way to get rid of them and free up some space in your garage?
Illegal dumping invites heavy penalties, so if you're trying to dispose of old tyres by yourself, you should first check with your local regulations. If throwing used tyres into garbage bins is not allowed, it means that disposing of your old tyres is entirely on your shoulders.
Tyres are made from materials that do not easily break down in landfills. Apart from their non-biodegradable properties, they are also flammable, raising concerns over severe air pollution.
Combustion of tyres releases toxic, carcinogenic compounds, including carbon monoxide (CO), sulfur oxides (SO2), and oxides of nitrogen into the atmosphere.
On the other hand, piling them up turns them into new habitats for pests and rodents in your backyard, and they can also cause uncontrollable fires, especially when stored in a volatile location.
In short, these bouncing use-and-throwaway car parts are unsafe to be dumped in landfills or piled in your backyard. What’s worse, many garbage collection services will not accept them, so what do you do with waste tyres?
What to Do with Old Tyres in Australia
All it takes is a paradigm shift – instead of throw old tyres, why not start thinking recycle old tyres?
Old tyres can be recycled in many ways; the important step that you can do is to bring them to recycling or upcycling facilities. When old tyres reach such a facility, they are first disassembled by heating and grounding into tiny rubber crumbs. They can then be reused to produce rubberised asphalt concrete, playground turf, rubber mats, and many more. Recycling centres increased tremendously over the last few years due to the government's efforts in reducing and eliminating landfills and pollution.
Is there a correct disposal method that abides by Australian laws?
The easiest and most responsible way for you to do is bring your old tyres to an approved tyre recycling facility where they can be recycled, reused, or upcycled.
Many of these facilities have local tyre outlets that may even pay you for old tyres that you turn over to them. You may check your local directories or even try searching CarpartAU for tyre recycling outlets and facilities nearest you.
One thing to remember, though, is that while you may find free old tyre disposal services, there will not be a lot out there. It’s important to remember that disposing of worn-out tyres is a responsibility attached to owning a vehicle, and transferring that responsibility to another will require some cost.
What Are Some Tyre Recycling Facilities in Australia?
Here is a list of some of the top tyre recycling facilities in Australia. You can either call them or browse their website to see if you can book a pickup for your old tyres. Not all facilities will offer free services, especially if you require picking up of the worn-out tyres. Nevertheless, it’s worth enquiring into what each facility offers.
Go to 1800gotjunk.com.au and enter your postcode to check if they are available at your specified location. Their service hours are between 7:00am and 9:00pm AEDT. Alternatively, you may also call them on 1800-468-586 and request for a free onsite estimate. They can give you an all-inclusive price for picking up your old tyres.
- Phone: 1800-468-586
- Service Locations: Find their Australia-wide service locations here, https://www.1800gotjunk.com.au/au_en/locations
This is an industry-leading tyre recycler with a nationwide network of collection and processing units. They are the only producer of Tyre-Derived Fuel (TDF), ensuring that everything from granules-to-crumbs is utilised in an environmentally-compliant manner. Book a tyre pickup through their online booking portal at https://www.tyrecycle.com.au/book-pickup.html.
- Phone: 1300-489-732
- Service Locations: Find their Australia wide service locations here, https://www.tyrecycle.com.au/contactus.html
Chip Tyre Pty Ltd
Chip Tyre is established on a 6-hectare site, which is geographically suited for tyre recycling and meets all Environment Protection Authority standards. You can contact them with these details:
- Phone: (07) 3816 2711
- Address: 251 Austin Street, New Chum QLD 4303
Tyre End is one of the leading recycling companies in Queensland and North of New South Wales and a member of the Australian Tyre Recyclers Association (ATRA). They provide their service in QLD, NSW and North NSW.
- Phone: 0412 554 918
- Address: Beenleigh QLD 4207
Ozcom Recycling offers its services in QLD and Northern NSW. You can find their contact address below.
- Phone: (07) 3814 5270
- Address: 776-800 Redbank Plains Rd, Redbank Plains, QLD 4301
Ray Johnson Scrap Tyre Disposals
Ray Johnson can pick up your old tyres from Sydney, Wollongong and Central Coast. They have a regularly scheduled pickup service in most areas of the Central Coast and Sydney, and they can arrange specialised pickups on your request on https://rjtyredisposal.com.au/. You can contact them with the details given below.
- Phone: 0412 607051
- Address: Unit 2/23 Currans Rd, Cooranbong NSW 2265
S&J Australian Scrap Tyre Disposals
S&J has a specialised fleet that serves all over QLD and North NSW. They cover most areas under their regular scheduled pickups and also provide pickups outside this area on request.
- Phone: (07) 3200 3800
- Address: Beenleigh QLD 4207
Mobile Tyres Shop
Get your new tyres fitted by Mobile Tyres Shop, and they'll dispose of your old tyres for free. Here's your partner in responsible tyre disposal - reusing tyres for kids' playground or insulation - so you can be sure your old tyres don't end up in smoke or an addition to the landfills. For more info, you may contact them at their different locations in VIC, NSW, QLD, WA, and SA through this number: 1300 710 751.
Tyre Collection Australia
Tyre Collection Australia is a registered Australian private company, and their clients receive quotes depending on the scope of work like the number of tyres to be picked up, type of tyres, location, and other factors. You can get in touch with them at this address:
- Phone: 0433 822 822
- Address: 41A Industrial Dr, Sunshine West VIC 3020
Paul's Rubbish Removal
Paul Rubbish is a Sydney-based recycling expert who also accepts old tyres. You can get a quote now from their fill-up form here, https://www.paulsrubbish.com.au/tyre-recycling-disposal-australia/
- Phone: 0407 125 125
- Service Locations: https://www.paulsrubbish.com.au/locations/
ELT Recycling Australia Pty Ltd
ELT is a Melbourne-based tyre recycling facility that also extends service to South Australia. You can book a pick up by filling out an online form here https://eltaustralia.com.au/contact/.
- Phone: (03) 9462 0288
- Address: 147–149 Northbourne Rd, Campbellfield VIC 3061
A Final Word
When your car gets new tyres, you'll probably have to get rid of the old ones, and as you already know, disposing of the old set of tyres is on you. The good thing is that you now have a list of leading tyre recyclers in Australia that you can contact.
If you have friends who still keep their old tyres in the garage or leave them by their council's trash bins, feel free to share them this article. If you have reusable used car parts – and yes, even tyres that are not yet due for throwing – you may advertise them via CarpartAU’s marketplace. You will need to register here to list or advertise a used car part for sale.
By Sooraj Sj