Region 8

Scrap Tires

Scrap Tire Reuse & Recycling Webinar, 2010

On February 23, 2010, EPA Region 8 and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality hosted "Scrap Tire Reuse & Recycling," the second of a two-series webinar. This webinar provided information about key national activities and how to address the challenges of rural recycling.

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Scrap Tire Management Webinar, 2009

On September 22, 2009, EPA Region 8 and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality hosted "Region 8 Scrap Tire Management #1," the first of a two-series webinar. The webinar provided a forum for information exchange about topics of interest on scrap tire management for Region 8 states, as well as other interested stakeholders.

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States in Region 8 have enacted scrap tire management programs to ensure the proper management of waste tires through collection, transportation, storage, and/or processing of scrap tires. Utah and Colorado also provide end-user incentives and market incentives, while the state of Montana provides tax credits for the procurement of recycled products. South Dakota provides funding for recycling end uses, including tire-derived fuel programs, and the South Dakota DOT is developing civil engineering applications for shredded tires. North Dakota and Wyoming have minimal regulations pertaining to scrap tires.

Please visit the State Links section below for more information on state tire programs in the six EPA Region 8 states.

image of a flower amidst a large scrap tire pile

EPA Region 8 Industrial Materials Recycling Coordinator:

Kendra Morrison (
U.S. EPA, Region 8
Solid & Hazardous Waste Program
1595 Wynkoop Street (8P-HW)
Denver, Colorado 80202

State Links

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Colorado implements a waste tire program to encourage the beneficial reuse and recycling of waste tires by providing incentives to counties, municipalities, special districts (including school districts), and state agencies to purchase and use products made from Colorado-generated recycled or reused waste tires in their public projects. Colorado's waste tire program is funded by a $1 per tire fee levied on all waste tires turned in to tire dealers at the time of purchase of new tires-half is used to provide low-interest loans to recycling businesses and the other half is used to clean up waste tire stockpiles and encourage beneficial recycling. Colorado also offers a waste tire processing and grant program to provide grants to counties and municipalities for the removal of waste tires that have been disposed of, and to encourage recycling and reuse of these waste tires.

For additional information on scrap tire management in Colorado, visit the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's Waste Tire Program  and Recycle4Colorado for annual waste tire reports.

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Waste tire management in Montana is primarily driven by environmental or energy interests, rather than population. Montana's low population density and small number of waste tires increases the difficulty of offering programs such as recycling, use in civil engineering projects, and similar management practices utilized in other states. Montana generates less than 1 million waste tires annually over a large geographic area which also inhibits attracting tire processors and recyclers. Landfills within Montana, in general, have sufficient capacity and the authority necessary to address scrap tires. The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is mandated to assist in the development of markets for waste materials by the Integrated Waste Management Act, which also mandates a decrease in the amount of waste landfilled.

For additional information on scrap tire management in Montana, visit the state's Waste Reduction and Recycling Program website.

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North Dakota

North Dakota does not have a loan or grant program specific to scrap tires. Businesses handling tires are advised to transport their tires to an end user who will process and/or dispose of them in a manner in compliance with state requirements. Scrap tires are generally processed into tire derived fuel; however, an increasing amount is being processed into crumb rubber. North Dakota also allows some engineered uses of scrap tires on a case-by-case basis.

For additional information on scrap tire management in North Dakota, consult the state's scrap tire management guideline (PDF) (3 pp, 34 K)

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South Dakota

South Dakota enforces rules governing the collection, transportation, storage, processing, and disposal of waste tires. The state periodically conducts waste tire clean-ups in conjunction with local municipalities and has also established county-wide collection sites. These efforts were devised to collect tires brought in from individual households. From 2000 to 2003, over 4.6 million tires were removed and recycled. In addition, South Dakota is cleaning up existing tire stockpiles throughout the state. South Dakota's waste tire program is partially funded by a tire assessment paid during vehicle registration of 25¢ per tire up to a maximum of $1 per vehicle.

For additional information on scrap tire management in South Dakota, visit the state's waste tire handling website and list of scrap tire recyclers.

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With the establishment of the waste tire recycling program, waste tire piles have been cleaned up, stockpiles generated at municipal landfills are removed on an ongoing basis, and newly generated waste tires are being recycled. Funding for the program comes from a $1 per tire fee assessed on the purchase of a new tire, including those associated with a new vehicle purchase. Fees collected are placed into the Waste Tire Recycling Fund.

For additional information on scrap tire management in Utah, visit the state's Waste Tire Program website.

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Wyoming regulations establish location requirements and a permitting system for solid waste facilities, including scrap tires. The state limits the number of tires that can be stored at retail stores, collection centers, and landfills. Landfills must have a permit to store more than 5,000 whole tires. In some cases, the state may exempt the beneficial use of tires from the need to obtain a permit. Authorization must be obtained prior to project start-up.

For information on scrap tire management in Wyoming, view the state's scrap tire management guideline and standards (PDF) (9 pp, 2.7 MB) and tire processor's list (PDF) (1 pg, 12.5 K).

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