12 Useful and Clever Upcycling Ideas

Tires painted in a variety of bright colors, filled with bright flowers.

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When overburdened with old tires, your first instinct might be to throw them on the curb or take them to your nearest landfill. Before you do that, however, it’s important to know that discarding your old tires in landfills is not only one of the biggest waste contributors in the U.S., but can also leach harmful chemicals like methane into the air and water. While recycling tires is an option, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, roughly 280 million tires are thrown away each year and only 30 million of these tires get retreaded or reused, leaving the rest of the scrap tires in stockpiles or landfills. Wondering what to do with old tires when you buy new ones for your car? Here are few of our favorite innovative ways to upcycle car tires and lessen the burden on overstressed landfills.

The Dos and Don’ts of Reusing and Disposing of Tires

When getting rid of scrap tires, it’s important to keep environment in mind. Bear these guidelines in mind when deciding what to do with your old Goodyears and Michelins.


  • Take them to a professional tire recycling center. Businesses like Discount Tire will take discarded tires and hand them off to a third-party tire recycling company. There, the tire is separated and the components are individually recycled or repurposed, minimizing much of the waste and pollution. While recycling old tires might involve a fee, it’s important to know that tires are extremely difficult to properly recycle yourself. These professional recycling companies ensure that they are recycled safely and in accordance with local laws and regulations.
  • Repurpose old tires. Get creative! There are numerous ways to repurpose old tires by turning them into stools, planters, and more.


  • Dump old tires into a body of water.
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A popular home decor store chain prepares to file for Chapter 11

🎄 A popular home decor chain plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this weekend

🎄 The bankruptcy filing does not necessarily mean shops will shut down

🎄 The idea is for stores that are not doing well to restructure

Another favorite home décor shop is in trouble.

The Christmas Tree Shops chain is preparing to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and has hired a Boston law firm to handle the case.

The filing could happen as soon as this weekend, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

The chain, which is known for its seasonal décor, as well as home décor, furniture, housewares, unique gifts, paper, and party goods, all at reasonable prices, had been owned by Bed Bath & Beyond until 2020.

BBB, which itself filed for bankruptcy protection last month, bought Christmas Tree Shops for $200 million in 2003.

But this Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing does not necessarily mean The Christmas Tree Shop chain is shutting down. It’s just a way for the stores to restructure, according to some retail advisors.

Still, it might be a good time to use gift cards if you have them, according to Edgar Dworsky of ConsumerWorld.org.

There are 10 Christmas Tree Shops in New Jersey in Brick, Freehold, Cherry Hill, Springfield, Woodland Park, Deptford, Bridgewater, Paramus, Mays Landing, and Rockaway.

Jen Ursillo is a reporter and anchor for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach her at [email protected]

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