Scrap Tire Information

The turnaround in U.S. scrap tire consumption is astonishing: In 1990, only 11 percent of annually generated scrap tires were consumed in beneficial end use markets. The rest went into stockpiles. For many stakeholders, including USTMA, this a priority issue.

By 2017, end-use markets consumed 81.4 percent of scrap tires generated in the U.S.

The top market categories for scrap tires are tire derived fuel, ground rubber and civil engineering applications. The need to expand all economically viable and environmentally sound scrap tire markets remains an imperative.

Scrap Tires aren’t considered hazardous waste, but if they are not properly recycled, they do pose threats. Mosquitoes use them as breeding grounds and stockpiles of tires are a potential fire hazard. … City and township clean-up events may offer tire recycling (fees may apply).

Over 242 million scrap tires are generated each year in the United States. In addition, about 2 billion waste tires have accumulated in stockpiles or uncontrolled tire dumps across the country.

Scrap Tires. It’s actually illegal to throw tires in the trash, because the steel belts inside them can puncture the liners in landfills and cause ground contamination. Most car dealers and tire retailers will recycle your old tires—typically for a price.

You cannot throw tires in a dumpster since most landfills in the U.S. do not accept them. Tire disposal is usually handled by local municipalities or counties. Auto parts stores and tire dealerships will also offer to recycle your old tires when you buy a new set.