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Rim Recycling

Your vehicle’s rims are recyclable!

Where Can I Recycle my Rims?

You can recycle your rims at most recycling entities like Cohen.

What are Rims Made of?

Modern rims are typically constructed from aluminum alloy. 

Up until the late 1960s, the industry-standard was magnesium alloy, but as the vehicle manufacturing process developed, aluminum alloy became the preferred production material. Aluminum is lighter than magnesium, has a less brittle nature, and boasts a superior heat conducting ability.

What’s the Difference Between Rims and Hubcaps?

While rims are typically made from an aluminum alloy, hubcaps are usually constructed from metal or plastic. These cosmetic, stylized accessories cover the wheel but don’t offer extra strength or practical benefit. But they do look cool!

How Much Money Can I Get for My Used Rims?

Since rims vary in style and weight, they typically need to be assessed individually. Generally, the more aluminum present in the rims, the more they will be worth. If you’re looking for an exact price-per-pound quote, bring them to your nearest recycler.

Do I Need to Bring the Rims in Separately?

Yes. Before bringing in your used rims in recycling, please remove them from the accompanying tires. We ask that you do this, because Cohen currently does not offer tire recycling services.

How Do I Remove the Tire from the Rim?

Luckily enough, you probably won’t need to call a mechanic to remove the tire from the rim.

Here’s how to do it yourself in your own garage:

  1. Remove the air valve
  2. Lift the tire over the lip of the rim with a pry bar and/or screwdriver
  3. Repeat this maneuver at several points around the tire
  4. Work the screwdriver around the rim to pop the remainder of the tire above the rim
  5. Repeat this procedure on the other side of the tire
  6. Apply soap as lubrication, if necessary

Is Tire Dumping Illegal?

In many states, it’s illegal. The disposal of scrap tires in Ohio can only occur at licensed scrap tire locations and monofills. 

What Do I Do With My Old Tires?

Once you’ve safely removed the tire from the rim, there are several things you can do with it. While you can’t recycle it, you can still get some use out of it, if the tire isn’t damaged:

  • Make a tire swing
  • Turn it into a sandbox
  • Add a glass surface to the top to make a table
  • Many more! Get creative with it.

Next Steps

By recycling our rims we’re taking steps to reduce our carbon footprint, preventing the deterioration of the ozone layer, and promoting a healthier environment for us all. 

Let Cohen properly recycle your rims and wheels.