Waste tires have been a
major problem in the U.S. for decades. Waste tires come from a number
of sources such as retail tire dealers, discount stores and auto
service shops. Tires that are not sold at retail include vehicle
fleet operations, trucking operations and automotive salvage yards.
Scrap tires provide
convenient habitats for rodents. They hold water and become excellent
breeding grounds for mosquitoes that carry diseases. Improperly
stored tires present a fire hazard. They trap oxygen that will
constantly feed the flames which emit noxious, air polluting smoke.
When tires are illegally burned, oils and soot can run off and
contaminate both surface and ground water.
LGEAN resources most
applicable to used tires include:
Waste. Provides a summary of issues including
national waste generation rates, landfill capacity problems, and
landfill and incinerator regulations. This resource also includes
links to numerous useful documents.
Center. This is a unique resource. It provides
state by state summaries of used tire regulations and many
applicable resources. Also covers other regulations related to auto
recycling and associated solid wastes.
Landfill page. Provides an overview of landfill
issues and numerous links to useful resources.
Waste Resource Locator. The solid waste resource
locator contains links to state regulatory agencies/departments and
state regulations covering solid waste topics, including recycling.