Waste Tire Program

The Waste and Used Tire Enforcement Program was created to protect public health and the environment by enforcing requirements for the storage and disposal of waste tires. CalRecycle provides funding to city and county agencies with regulatory authority within the city/county government for waste tire enforcement activities. These TEAs are responsible for performing initial inspection and follow-up inspections for all waste tire facilities and sites located in their jurisdictions. ACDEH was granted TEA authority by CalRecycle for all of Alameda County.

Authority: Public Resources Code, Chapter 16

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Facilities Inspected

Waste Tire Generators are facilities that store between 1 and 499 tires at any one time. Typically these facilities include (but are not limited to) the following types of operations where waste or used tires are submitted for transportation, for offsite handling, altering, storage, disposal, or for any combination thereof:

  • New and used tire dealers.
  • New and used car dealers.
  • Automobile and truck fleet operators
    • rental car companies
    • school districts
    • government motor pools
  • Auto dismantlers.
  • Agricultural users.

A Minor Waste Tire Facility permit is required for a location that accumulates 500 to 4,999 waste tires. A major Waste Tire Facility Permit is required for a location that accumulates 5,000 or more waste tires. Facilities storing 500 or more waste tires must be permitted or excluded from permitting and comply with the following standards.
  • Fire prevention
  • Site access and security 
  • Vector control measures
  • Disposal
  • Indoor/outdoor storage

Facilities excluded from Permitting Requirements
  • Permitted solid waste disposal facilities or transfer stations
  • Facilities using fewer than 5,000 waste tires for agricultural purposes
  • Tire dealers and auto dismantlers storing not more than 1,500 waste tires for less than 90 days.
  • Tire retreaders storing no more than 3,000 waste tires. 

General requirements for Waste Tire Generators and Haulers

Waste Tire Generators:

  • Obtain a free Tire Program Identification Number (TPID) from CalRecycle
  • Post the TPID certificate in a conspicuous place
  • Keep records that include log entries describing the methods of receipt and removal, the number of tires, the name of the person employed to deliver or remove the waste tires, and manifest forms.
  • When disposing of 10 or more waste or used tires you must contract with a registered waste tire hauler who will use manifest forms. 
  • Verify that your tire information on the manifest form is accurate by initialing the form
  • Retain copies of the manifest forms and/or other disposal records on-site for 3 years.

Waste Tire Haulers:

  • Register/renew your registration annually with CalRecycle and post a $10,000 surety bond
  • Keep the original registration certificate in the registered vehicle
  • Have your registration decal properly affixed to the lower-right corner of the windshield of each registered hauling vehicle. 
  • Transport waste/used tires to a permitted facility, landfill or CalRecycle authorized location
  • Have completed manifest forms in your possession while transporting waste/used tires.
  • Leave a copy of the manifest form with each waste tire generator and end use facility you service. 
Public Resources Code (PRC), Division 30, Part 3, Chapters 16 and 19
California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 14, Division 7, Chapters 3 and 5.5

Waste Tire Program - CalRecycle