Motorists dumping Car Tyres

While I was gardening today, I noticed that some feral motorist had dumped an old car tyre on the farm. I feel like chucking a whole load of rubbish in his back garden and see if he likes it.

These anti-motorists not only drive to someone else’s property to dump their tyres but dump them all over rest the countryside.

As I am gardening today I may find another way to recycle it. Perhaps I could make a herb garden with it. But it is still annoying that a motorist has dumped it, and the more people drive, more of them will dump their carcr*p.

More on recycling tyres:


” Under European law it is no longer possible to dump car tyres into landfill sites which means we have to find a solution to the problem of what to do with old tyres when they have reached the end of their life.

Tyre Recycling

According to the Lets Recycle website, there were nearly half a million tonnes of waste tyres generated in 2004 and more than half of these were either recycled or reused, some 15% were also used as fuel, 7% exported and 6% used in landfill construction. However, nearly 59000 tonnes still ended up in landfill which was a waste of a resource, a fire hazard, and a threat to the environment. As more and more people become car owners, the problem of what to do with used tyres is set to continue.

Tyres are classed as ‘controlled waste’ so there is a Duty of Care placed on waste producers to dispose of old tyres responsibly and in an environmentally friendly way. The EU landfill directive banned the dumping of whole used tyres in 2003 and now even shredded tyres cannot be deposited in landfill sites. The only exceptions to this are new tyres, tyres with a diameter larger than 1400 mm and bicycle tyres, which can still be disposed of in landfill sites.

Tyre Disposal

The Tyre Recovery Association (TRA) was set up in 2004 and operates a responsible recycler scheme which aims to ensure that all their members dispose of tyres in a way that is environmentally friendly. This could mean recycling them, reprocessing them or finding another use for them. Most tyre retailers are using registered members of the TRA to collect and dispose of their old tyres and will often display a certificate.

Although most tyres are disposed of properly by responsible citizens, there are still some people who choose to dump their tyres illegally in the countryside, particularly as the removal and disposal of old tyres usually involves a small fee. Dumping tyres illegally is not only harmful to the environment; it is also unfair on the others who choose to dispose of their old tyres in the proper manner.

What happens to old tyres?

There are many ways that old tyres can be disposed of responsibly and these include the following:

Landfill Construction

Tyres can be used as part of a Leachate draining system in landfill sites, although only a relatively small number of tyres are used for this purpose out of the millions that are scrapped each year. Tyres used in this way are exempt from landfill tax.


When tyres are grinded down or shredded into small granulated bits or ‘crumbs’ they can be used for a variety of different purposes such as surfacing for sports and play areas, underlay for carpets, soles for shoes and even for road construction.


Old tyres can replace some of the coal used to fuel cement kilns but stringent air emission limits apply to this type of operation

Serving another purpose

Tyres can also be given a second life by serving another purpose including as play items in children’s play areas, motorway embankments, crash barriers at racing tracks, noise insulation, containers for compost heaps, protection for shrubs and trees and so on, the possible uses are limited only by the imagination.”

One response to “Motorists dumping Car Tyres

  1. pellontyres

    hi this is a massive problem that we in the tyre industry have had to face for years now,improvements are slowly been made but we still get tyre dumping thanks for your good article Eric Roberts

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