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Tire recycling

In Calgary, you can dispose of your tires at the Throw 'n' Go area of City landfills, where they will be recycled free of charge. All tires must go into the cages provided - do not leave tires on the ground. We accept all vehicle tires, including tires with rims.

Loads of more than 12 tires must be taken to the Shepard Landfill and you are required to do the following:

  • Check into the office at the tire yard; and
  • Wear proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), which includes a hard hat, safety glasses, work gloves and steel-toed boots.

For more details about tires, rims, wheels and other vehicle parts, visit What Goes Where.

Frequently asked questions for tire recycling

Why recycle your tires?

Recycling tires saves natural resources and conserves energy. It also frees up large amounts of landfill space, reduces tire fires, and removes breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

What are tires turned into?

In 2014, Albertans recycled over 7 million car tires. Almost half of them were turned into products like playground surfaces, molded bricks, industrial matting and roofing tiles.

Alberta Recycling explores new uses for products made from scrap tires. Right now, they are testing the use of shredded tires, instead of gravel, for two road work projects.

Why is there a $4 environmental fee for new tires?

The fee you pay for new tires helps fund the cost to recycle them. The program recycles every tire licensed for highway use and researches ways to recycle larger tires.

Most of the fee goes to collecting, transporting and recycling tires, plus research and development, and public information. For more details, please call 1-888-999-8762 toll-free or visit the Alberta Recycling Management Authority.