Consumers can dispose of scrap tires by recycling or returning them to a tire retailer, reports the Environmental Protection Agency. The most common way to dispose of scrap tires is to recycle them.
A tire can be recycled in a number of ways, including being used as fuel, retreaded or used in manufacturing. Tires used as fuel typically cause the same amount of damage as normal fossil fuels, a common source of energy.
Old tires are also used in playgrounds, according to the EPA. Some can be turned into equipment, such as tire swings or play-sets, while others can be used for the turf.