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Tires (automotive)

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Tires (automotive)
When your vehicle has the tires changed, the mechanic generally takes care of getting rid of your old tires for you. If you do have tires at home that are in need of disposal however, keep reading for a selection of local green options.

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How do I go green?


Don’t leave old tires in a pile in the backyard. There are toxins that can leach out into damp soil below which will pollute groundwater. Remember that a pile of old tires can act as a breeding ground for mosquitoes, which may carry disease, or as a place for vermin to hide.


You may have a project at home that you could use one of those old tires for, such as a tire swing for the kids, bumpers for the dock or a soft landing point for your car’s front bumper in a tiny garage.


Tire Stewardship B.C. has a Return to Retailer program, which is a program where retailers across the province have volunteered to take back up to 4 car tires, clean and off rim and during business hours from the public for free.  This includes automotive tires but not scooter tires. 
Tires can then be recycled into many different products, including landscaping material, footwear and road resurfacing material. For a list of facilities that recycle tires, visit Tire Stewardship B.C.

Hartland Recycling Area will accept your old tires and metal rims in small residential quantities.  If the tires are on the rim there is a $6 recycling area entry fee.  If the tires are off of the rim there is no fee. 


  • Alpine Disposal & Recycling

    1045 Dunford Ave.

  • Darryl's and James's Digs

    103 East Point Road
    Saturna Island

  • Fountain Tire

    All locations in the capital region

  • Gurton's Garage Ltd.

    9139 East Saanich Road

  • H.L. Disposal & Lawn Services Ltd.

    334 Hillside Ave

  • Hartland Depot

    1 Hartland Avenue

  • Salt Spring Island Recycling Depot

    349 Rainbow Road
    Salt Spring Island

  • The Environmental Story

    Tires are a major source of waste throughout the world today. With more vehicles on the road every year unfortunately there are also more used tires that must be disposed of. Don’t worry; the future isn’t all black: tires can be recycled and reused in a number of ways.