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Even old tyres go to heaven... by Akkra

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Around 50 million tyres are cruelly abandoned every year in the UK alone. Sadly two thirds of these are not lucky enough to end up in official sites where they are prepared to be rehomed. The unlucky ones are callously dumped at the roadside or in fields and left to fend for themselves. Unused to living in the wild… some do not survive.

Spare a thought for your old tyres. Before you cast them out to tread their own path, just take a moment to think – can they be rehomed in a place with people who will love them as much as you did and will mould them a whole new life?

Shot with my Fuji S5500 camera and lovingly tweaked in Photoshop so the poor lil’ tyres don’t look so lost and abandoned.

copyright registered & protected © 2010 Akkra


  • maxy
    maxyalmost 5 years ago

    Sad when things like this happen – I saw a show once where they grind these up to do other wonderful things with them! Too bad they didn’t get to go there… beautifully captured!!! xx

  • Thanks very much maxy! Although I admit to being proud of the level of cheesy sarcasm I used in my description :o) I’m hoping that the point I’m trying to make sneaks across to people and sticks. I’m tired (no pun intended) of looking at rubbish everywhere! Cheers for looking maxy and remember to love your tyres! LOL

    – Akkra

  • Adam Bykowski
    Adam Bykowskialmost 5 years ago

    Point well taken from your description. Looks like the authorities in your area should buckle down on folks that litter. A real shame that things get this bad. What needs to be done, is local people in your area should get together, volunteer and perform some clean up of places like this. Then you get the local paper to run a story on it and see if keeping things clean starts to rub off on more people. It takes a long time for movements like this to take home, but it IS possible. NEVER SAY NEVER.
    Remember, the glass is always half full …. and it’s half full of beer.

  • Thanks for looking Adam. Things really do need sorting properly around here, but for every person that is trying to do something there are many more that don’t care and happily stroll along dropping their rubbish as they go. Every street is like a walk-through tip and a lot of local people don’t even seem ashamed of it??!! People don’t get caught, fines are rarely enforced unless someone is seen in the act and when some people do have a clear up there’s a whole load more of rubbish to take it’s place pretty soon after. Banging head against wall… bang bang bang!
    Still like you said, it’s slow work and the glass is always half full. Although Adam, I think you’ll find it’s with wine LOL.

    – Akkra

  • limerick
    limerickalmost 5 years ago

    YAY!! I love the shot, your irony and humour and the MESSAGE!! Bloody YAY!!

  • YAY!! Thank you for looking Limerick, I’m glad you get it and like what I’ve done. It was really depressing looking around for scenery but not being able to see it through all the rubbish. And now the rubbish is the scenery! Like you said… that’s real life, it’s not always pretty and it should be documented. Thanks for inspiring me to do this and many thanks for liking the end result! YAY!!

    – Akkra

  • Josie Jackson
    Josie Jacksonalmost 5 years ago

    Oh far out Zoe, this is terrible, I don’t think I’ve seen rubbish littered this bad, even when I was in the city, so depressing, it would be a different story if they were paid for the “old” tyres. I think garages now don’t even take your old tyres, so what do people do with them, well you know, you can grow spuds out of them they grow really well and fill in a hole, don’t throw it, do they care about what their children see…..I could go on forever, great shot Zoe, nice to see something different….

  • Thanks Josie! I’m disheartened to say that this was the cleanest bit of greenery that I found. The fields were full of papers and bottles and there was even rubbish hanging off the gates.
    You’re right – I’m sure it would be a very different story if people got paid for them, but as they don’t they genuinely don’t give a damn.
    Thanks for looking Josie ;o)

    – Akkra

  • Lori Deiter
    Lori Deiteralmost 5 years ago

    An unfortunate situation all over the world. Great writing Akkra!

  • Thanks very much Lori! It is a shame that there’s so many people around the world who just can’t be bothered to clean up after themselves, it’s not rocket science but you’d think it was from the way the lazy ones act! :D

    – Akkra

  • rasim1
    rasim1almost 5 years ago

    Where is the car?Nicely done.

  • Thank you Rasim! All the cars and their drivers are long gone. They dump their unwanted tyres and then leave :o(

    – Akkra

  • Alex Hardie
    Alex Hardiealmost 5 years ago

    Good shot , looked like they are all quite “tyred” just lying there , good find and well captured

  • :D Thanks very much Alex… yeah they were a bit “worn” :o)

    – Akkra

  • Raymond Kerr
    Raymond Kerralmost 5 years ago

    My Ma-in-law has a few of these… lol.. (spare tyres) Shame that people just dump there rubbish, but, hey thats folk..

  • Hee hee… don’t worry I won’t tell her :D
    It is a shame about the rubbish but it’s banging-head-against-wall frustrating to be surrounded by people who think it’s okay to dump and not even be embarrassed. I find that weird :op Thanks for looking Ray!

    – Akkra

  • Bobby Dar
    Bobby Daralmost 5 years ago


  • Thanks!

    – Akkra

  • HKBlack
    HKBlackalmost 5 years ago

    Whats so cool about this is the colors on the trees and that matching green bag.They could make a lot of tire swings with these,or as some people do here,bury half way and make a border with them,some paint them white when they do this.Also I’ve seen them turned into garden planters/surrounds.

  • Good ideas. There are so ways these could be reused even if they weren’t recycled at the dump. Thanks for noticing the green in the trees and the bag… that’s what I liked about it too. I actually had to tone the trees down because they were super green and didn’t look realistic! Thanks very much for looking and commenting. :o)

    – Akkra

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