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:
Solid 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.
Additional resources (exit LGEAN):
ECAR 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.
EPA Landfill page. Provides an overview of landfill issues and numerous links to useful resources.
- Solid Waste Resource Locator. The solid waste resource locator contains links to state regulatory agencies/departments and state regulations covering solid waste topics, including recycling.