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Used Tire Disposal

The United States has been broken up into 10 different regions as far as how each state deals with the management of tires that are no longer useful on vehicles.

Over the past 30 some odd years uncountable millions of scrap tires have been recycled and used again for useful and more economical purposes. Used in the making of roads, kid play areas, landscaping, and countless other things that we may not even know about. Each state’s solid waste management project site is listed here for a more detailed directory of tire collectors in your area.  If you can’t find the information here that you need, check in with your local automotive centers, if they don’t do it they will know who does.

Region 1: All of the states in region 1 have collectively enacted legislation specific to scrap tires, save for Vermont which has not passed legislation specific to scrap tires, but is actively working on innovative ways to use scrap tires ( for example riverbank and slope stabilization).

Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont

Region 2 : New York and New Jersey have both worked very hard to expand the scrap tire markets, New York has created a sort of roundtable committee to develop both long and short term scrap tire recycling programs. The New Jersey Department of Transportation has introduced and tested several demonstration projects such as rubber modified asphalt and artificial reef development.

New Jersey, New York

Region 3 : Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia have well developed scrap tire management programs. In West Virginia there is a $5 scrap tire fee on all new vehicles, it is from this fee that their scrap tire programs are funded. Delaware has no active scrap tire legislation, but tires are still being managed as a recyclable material or solid waste under existing solid waste regulations

Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia

Region 4 : A good portion of Region 4 is actively implementing new and creative uses for scrap tires. Florida has been one of the leaders in the use of rubber modified asphalt. South Carolina, Florida, Alabama, and Georgia allow for the use of tire shreds in the construction of drain fields for septic systems, and Kentucky has even used tire funds for the expanded development of a tire derived fuel.

Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee

Region 5 : Minnesota was the first state to ever pass laws to address the growing scrap tire management problems way back in 1985. Wisconsin too was an early leader in dealing with the scrap tire disposal issue. Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio have all implemented scrap tire market development programs and a little financial incentive for recycled scrap tire products.

Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin

Region 6 : All of the states in Region 6 are actively pursuing new and better solutions to mounting scrap tire management problems. Texas and New Mexico are aggressively working on ways to successfully address the illegal dumping of tires on the U.S/Mexico border. Many states in Region 6 have also enacted financial incentive programs for the recycling of tires and even riverbank stabilization using old tires.

Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas

Region 7 : All states in Region 7 have completely banned whole tires from being dumped in landfills and have set in place rules and regulations to ensure their tire management program success. Each state has enacted its own financial incentive program for turning in the tires, funding going towards the expansion of new and innovative ways to use the recycled rubber.

Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska

Region 8 : All six states in Region 8 have enacted strong tire management programs through collection, transportation, storage, and processing. Many states have included financial incentives for the recycling of used tires. Recycled tires go towards further development of tire derived fuel programs, and civil engineering applications for shredded tires.

Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming

Region 9 : Region 9 is one of the most active regions as far as utilization of rubber modified asphalt, over 80% of asphalt rubber utilized in California and Arizona. Like most states enacting used tire recycling programs both Hawaii and Nevada provide financial incentives to state agencies for purchasing products made with recycled rubber.

Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada

Region 10 : Region 10 is also a very active region, enacting regulations designed to prevent problematic disposal and storage of tires. Oregon and Washington have created laws that regulate how tires can be collected and stored, Oregon’s regulations are also designed to encourage alternatives to disposal. While Alaska has no legislation regarding collection and disposal of used tires, it was the first state in the U.S to field test rubber modified asphalt.

Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington


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