Anoka Location Closed Halloween

Due to Anoka’s Halloween Capital of the World festivities and community celebration, the Anoka TireZoo location will be closed all day on Saturday, October 31, 2015. Our Bloomington location will remain open.

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What Parts of a Car Can You Recycle?

Recycle car parts and other items used in your vehicle:

  • Tires: Tires are recycled and should not be stored on property. You can check with your local area for tire drop off locations. The TireZoo accepts old tires for a $3 fee/tire and makes sure the tires get a new purpose.
  • Car Seats: Infant seats and child booster seats can be recycled. If you live in Minnesota, you have limited options, but you can recycle.
  • Oil: It gets dirty and needs to be cleaned, but it’s still oil. If you get your oil changed, it’s already being disposed of on your behalf. If you change oil yourself, take it to a certified collection center in your area.
  • License Plates: Are usually considered scrap metal. You can look for a place that accepts scrap metal or check with your local DMV for area-specific collection/recycling programs.
  • Oil and Air Filters: Filters are recyclable and most waste collection facilities do not want you throwing them in the trash. Check with your local recycle center or a certified oil collection center for a list of resources.
  • Car Batteries: Check with our local recycle center for recycling car batteries, as well as other miscellaneous household batteries.
  • Device Chargers: Look for cord collection sites, similar to holiday lights collection. Ask at your local recycle center, or at recycle programs that accept electronics like Best Buy.

Ideas to Reuse Old Tires

ideas old tiresPinterest is the perfect place to find tons of ideas to reuse old tires and create something new and interesting. From flower planters and tire swings, to tables and garden hose holders, the ideas are plentiful on Pinterest.

The TireZoo has set up a board called, Tire and Wheel Repurposing, which is dedicated to the reuse of old tires and wheels. It includes bike tires, tractor tires, etc. We also have a category on our blog called, Old Tires for New Purposes you can search for articles we’ve published with ideas for reusing old tires.

If you have a picture of something you’ve done with an old tire, we’d love to see. You can post it on our Facebook page, or give us a link where we can find and repin it!

Easter Weekend Hours

Closing earlyThe TireZoo (both locations: Anoka and Bloomington) will be closing at 4pm on Saturday, April 4th to allow our team to enjoy the holiday weekend with their families. We are open regular hours on Friday, April 3rd and Monday, April 6, 2015. Please drive safely and enjoy your Easter weekend!

Tire and Tractor Tire Workout

Maybe you’ve seen or heard about workouts using large tires or tractor tires. People have been using tires for workouts for years, but traditionally you see athletes running through smaller tires. In recent years, trainers and athletes have found use for large tractor tires in their workout routines. Some are simply astounding. Here are some videos of ideas, in case you have a tire laying around you have a desire to throw, flip, or hula hoop with.

Tractor Tire Workout #1: Hula Hooping a 100 Pound Tire

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Tractor Tire Workout #2: Flipping a 1200 Pound Tire, Oh My!

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Tire Workout #3:  Train by Rolling Smaller Tires

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Tire Workout #4: Dragging, Pushing, Throwing Tires

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Tire Workout #5: Running Through Tires

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Tire Zoo Highlights in 2014

tire zoo2014 was an amazing year! We welcomed quite a few new changes this past year.

Tire Zoo Extended Hours

We extended our Saturday hours to 5pm for both the Bloomington and Anoka locations.

New Tire Zoo Website

This past fall we rolled out a brand new website with an enhanced new and used tire search feature and database!

Great Tire Zoo Reviews

We received some fantastic reviews from customers on Facebook, Google, Yelp, and via our website. Here’s one of the more recent ones:

Always great service and pricing. Been buying tires here or at their Anoka store for over 15 years. ~Todd F.

High Traffic Tire Zoo Blog Posts

There were several blog posts that generated plenty of interest and traffic in 2014 too.

A year ago, we published the blog post, Double Check Tire Pressure in Extreme Cold which is currently our most popular blog post. It’s been extremely cold here in Minnesota already, and it’s not even officially winter yet!

Snow, cold, and winter driving is clearly on the minds of our readers. Another of our most read blog posts is Snow Tires vs All Season Tires. If you need help determining if snow tires are the way to go for you and your vehicle, give us a call.

Two other very high traffic blog posts this past year have to do with Where Used Tires Come From and whether or not you Can Buy Just One Tire.

 Popular Tire Zoo Coupons Still a Favorite

Printable coupons have been updated on our new website, but are still available to our customers on our “Specials” page!

2014 has been a great year at the Tire Zoo, and we look forward to wishing all of your a wonderful 2015! We’re certain 2015 is when we exceed 1000 fans on our Facebook page too.

Happy Thanksgiving


Proper Tire Disposal

proper tire disposalAs we’re busy cleaning up the garage and yard, getting ready for the long winter ahead, it’s important to consider proper tire disposal. Stacking old tires in a pile behind the shed or in the corner of the garage isn’t a great idea. It’s best to dispose of them, rather than let them pile up. Stacks of tires invite unwanted guests like mice, and if storing outside, you may have a city or county ordinance prohibiting old tires or any larger unused items to be stored in an unsightly manner.

The TireZoo accepts old tires for a minimal disposal fee, and makes it easy for you to get rid of them and avoid dealing with it later. Should you find old tires illegally disposed of on your property or farmland, you should report illegal dumping. Tires are recyclable and made into all kinds of new items and used for a variety of purposes. They should never be thrown in the garbage or left in the environment.

What does the TireZoo do with old tires that have out lasted their initial intended purpose? The TireZoo insures proper tire disposal, and you can read more about it here.

New Uses for Old Tires at the Cabin

Let’s hope we have a long, mild fall to keep enjoying our outside and cabin activities. However, as autumn arrives, we start winterizing and making lists of projects to get down either yet this fall or first thing in the spring. Here are a few uses for old tires at the cabin that may come in uses for old tires

Stairs: Use tires filled with gravel to create rustic steps down steep hills.

Dock: Use tires to protect your boat and other water toys from hitting the dock. Use a series of tires on water structures for safer storage of canoes, kayaks, paddle boats when resting out of the water.

Play Area: Create a tire swing, climbing wall, ladder to a tree house, or sand box. Partially buried (upright) tires make interesting, and softer climbing structures for toddlers.

Lawn Games: A series of tires buried half in the ground makes a great semi-permanent croquet or mini-golf course through rustic property. Upright tires can serve as target practice for artery, pitching practice for softball or baseball, and more. Use old tires partial buried and filled with sand around horse shoe pits.

Wind-Proof: Need help making something more sturdy? Keep your rain water retention bucket upright by placing an old tire around it. Use tires to keep potted plants and flower from tipping, outside garbage cans, compost bins, and more.

Visit us on Pinterest where we’ve dedicated a board to new uses for old tires. We’ve pinned many pictures and articles on how to do lots of creative things with old tires.

How have you found a new use for old tires? Please share.

Recycled Tires Popular on Playgrounds

scrap tires on playgrounds, crumb tires, recyclingClimbing structures and swings made of old tires have long been a part of playgrounds. One of our most popular blog posts continues to be on building a tire swing. However, old tires are finding yet another purpose on playgrounds.

Old tires, also known as scrap tires, are being recycled and crumbed for a safer, more shock absorbent foundation under playground equipment. Crumbed tires join sand and wood chips as popular playground foundations.

The TireZoo recycles old tires, and you can read more here about the life cycle of tires.

What is your favorite use for an old tire? Have you seen something really unique you can share in the comments?