Alternative Ways to Recycle
Alchemy Goods Bike Tube Recycling
You can bring your bike inner tubes to any REI bike shop or Trek dealer who participates in Alchemy Goods’ recycling program. This program upcycles clean, intact inner tubes into bags and wallets, even using the valve stems to make zipper pulls.
Green Guru's Recycling Program
Green Guru Gear collects bike inner tubes along with other hard-to-recycle outdoor gear and upcycles them into bike gear. You can mail your items to them or drop them off with one of their recycling partners. Find out more.
Ways to Reduce
Patch Small Punctures
If your bike inner tube is punctured and the hole is small enough, try patching it before throwing it out. The Global Cycling Network has an easy-to-follow video on how to patch holes in an inner tube.
Ways to Reuse
Use as Protective Covers
You can use your bike inner tube as a slip-resistant cover on the handle of a tool, or as a protective cover on a chain or rope, like those found on swing sets.
Make a Door Draft Stopper
Turn your bike inner tube into a draft stopper to place under a door. Cut a length of tube that’s a little longer than the door’s width, fill it with sand, and seal the edges.