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Can You Take Car Tyres To The Tip In Australia?

Do you have a set of old car tyres that you need to get rid of?

You may sometimes wonder if you should simply take your worn-out tyres to the local tip and be done with them.

In this guide, we will explore whether this is OK, and other possibilities for tyre disposal in Australia.

Can Tyres Be Taken To Landfills?

The answer to this question largely depends on your local council’s policies. Some councils in Australia allow the disposal of tyres at the local tip, but it typically comes with a fee.

However, most landfill sites in the country do not readily accept waste tyres.

Tyres have the ability to trap methane gas, a byproduct of decomposing organic matter, creating a fire hazard. Moreover, their shape and composition make them difficult to compact, taking up valuable space in landfills.

For these reasons, taking car tyres to the tip for disposal is generally discouraged.

Alternatives To Landfill Disposal


The best way to dispose of old car tyres in Australia is to recycle them.

Tyre recycling facilities can convert tyres into various new products, such as rubber mulch, playground surfaces, and road surfaces.

Recycling not only reduces environmental harm but also contributes to the creation of useful and sustainable products.

Waste Transfer Stations

If recycling isn’t an option, you may still be able to dispose of your old tyres at a waste transfer station.

These stations function similarly to tips but may have different rules and regulations regarding the disposal of tyres.

It’s important to check with your local waste transfer station for specific guidelines.

Retailer Partnerships With Tyre Stewardship Australia

Many tyre retailers in Australia have partnered with Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA) and adhere to the objectives and operating principles of tyre sustainability.

When you purchase new tyres, inquire with the retailer about the fate of your old ones. They may offer a recycling service or provide information on local tyre recyclers.


Disposing of tyres in Australia requires careful consideration of local regulations and environmental impacts.

Consider exploring more eco-friendly options to ensure the proper disposal of your old car tyres.

Louis from Tyre Geek


I'm Louis, an engineer passionate about helping Australians choose better tyres for their vehicles!