You can make money recycling used tires. The amount of money you make, however, will depend on how creative you are with what you do with the tires and what price you sell them for. If you are looking for easy money, you can decide to sell the tires to a tire retreading shop that will pay you for the used tires you collect. However, if you want to put time and effort into gathering the tires and doing something with them as a side job, think creatively and turn them into swing sets,
Make money for tire retreading
Pick up scrap tires from gas stations, school bus garages, or tire shops.
Look in a phone book under the “tire retreading” section. Find places in your area that are open to buying the tires you collect for retreading.
Ask them how much they pay for each tire and list prices from each organization as you talk to them. Compare prices. You should sell your tires to whoever pays the most.
Ask stores if they have any limits on the number of tires you can carry at one time or if they have any other restrictions on the tires they buy. Asking these questions over the phone ahead of time will save you time and money you could spend on gas.
Build a positive relationship with retread tire stores so you can continue to do business with them. Prices may vary depending on the tires and from one city to another.
Earn money turning tires into swings
Inspect tires for safety. New tires may have areas where the cables poke through. If a tire has this problem, fix it or don’t use it to transform it into a swing. The tires have to be soft for an effective swing.
Drill several small holes in the area of the tire that you designate as the bottom of the swing. This will allow the drainage of water after storms.
Wash the tire at a car wash with a brush and heavy-duty detergent. Rinse it after washing it. Dry it with an old towel. Keeping it as clean as possible will help make it a better swing set for little hands and knees.
Buy a wide, sturdy rope. You can offer to hang the swing for your customers. You will need to measure the height from the ground to a tree branch or other place where the customer will hang the swing and add two feet to allow room for the knots. A knot will need to be tied where the rope meets the swing and at the top of the branch, too.
You can make a three-chain swing or a traditional rope swing.
Sell your tire swings at craft fairs and flea markets, create a tire change advertising website, or advertise in your local newspaper. Many people will buy tire swings for their yards and even pay you extra to put the swings up for them.