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Scrap Tire Management

Information about collecting, storing, processing, recycling, and disposing of scrap tires.

Notice: Annual reports are required for scrap tire transporters, storage sites, and processing facilites. Annual Reports are based on the calendar year (January 1 to December 31). Annual reports for calendar year 2014 were due March 1, 2015.

The TCEQ oversees the collection, processing and recycling or disposal of over 22 million tires discarded each year in Texas. Proper management of used and scrap tires benefits the environment and public health. Proper scrap tire management includes recycling and other beneficial end uses of used whole and scrap tires.

Scrap Tire Management Overview

Scrap tires must be managed to prevent fires and control disease vectors (mosquitoes, rats, and snakes). Anyone who stores more than 500 scrap tires must register with the TCEQ; however, the scrap tire rules apply to all generators and handlers, regardless of whether they are registered. Good reusable tires are not considered to be scrap tires if they are stacked, sorted, classified, and arranged in an organized manner for sale. Good used tires that are stored in stockpiles are scrap tires. Scrap tires must be hauled by a registered transporter to an authorized facility, either a permitted landfill or a scrap-tire storage or processing facility. All such facilities must keep records of manifest showing the disposition of scrap tires.

Manifest to Track Tire Disposition

A tire manifest is simply a cradle-to-grave record of the disposition of each load of scrap tires removed from a generator site. The generator and every facility handling the tires must keep a copy of the manifest for each load. The generator completes and signs the first section of the manifest showing how many tires were picked up. The transporter signs the manifest and leaves a copy with the generator. When the tires are delivered to a permitted landfill or an authorized scrap tire facility, the final sections of the manifest are completed, showing how many tires were disposed of at the facility.

The completed manifest must be returned to the generator within 60 days after the scrap tires were transported off-site. The generator should notify the applicable TCEQ regional office of any transporter or authorized scrap tire facility that fails to complete the manifest, alters the generator portion of the manifest, or does not return the manifest within three months after the off-site transportation. Originals of manifests, work orders, invoices, and any other documentation must be retained by all facilities for three years. All such records must be made available to the executive director upon request.

The TCEQ does not supply the multi-part manifest forms. A copy of the manifest form can be downloaded and reprinted.

It is permissible to keep similar documentation or an alternate record if approved by the TCEQ. Some companies have designed and obtained TCEQ approval of manifests that include the information required by the rules, as well as billing information.

Scrap Tire Generators

Generators are tire dealers, junkyards, fleet operators, and others who generate scrap tires. Most tire generators are not required to register, but must follow rules for storage and record keeping.

Generators may not store more than 500 scrap tires on the ground. Generators who register with the TCEQ may store up to 2,000 tires in a trailer. A state sales tax identification number is required for registration. The state comptroller answers tax questions at (800) 252-5555 or on the Texas Comptroller website. Exit the TCEQ

Requirements for generators of whole used or scrap tires can be found in 30 TAC Chapter 328, Subchapter F Exit the TCEQ and RG-513, Requirements for Used and Scrap Tire Generators.

Generators must:

  • Monitor tires stored outside, at least once every two weeks, to assure vector control
  • Stack, sort, classify, and arrange good reusable tires in an organized manner for sale
  • Document the removal of all scrap tires using manifests, work orders, invoices, or other records
  • Allow only registered scrap tire transporters to remove their scrap tires
  • Ensure that the transporter who collects the tires delivers them to an authorized facility
  • Still comply with all manifesting requirements if transporting their own scrap tires without registration

No state fees are required for scrap tire management. Generators may charge customers for disposal, or may include the cost in the price of the tires purchased. Fees for removal are negotiated between generators and transporters.

Scrap Tire Transporters, Transportation Facilities, Storage Sites, and Processing Facilities

All facilities must keep records of scrap tire management using a manifest system. Transporters, storage sites, and processing facilities must file annual reports.

Facilities are periodically inspected by investigators in the regional offices. The TCEQ and local officials cooperate to enforce against illegal dumping and encourage only reuse, recycling or disposal in authorized Landfills. Local governments may adopt rules that are more stringent than the state rules.

Transporters

Transporters of whole used or scrap tires must register by submitting a complete application with the TCEQ if they collect scrap tires from another business.

Transporters are required by Title 30 Texas Administrative Code (30 TAC), Chapter 328, §328.57(e) Exit the TCEQ to report to the TCEQ the number and type of tires collected from each generator and the number delivered to each authorized facility. Annual Reports are based on the calendar year (January 1 to December 31).

A signed registration application must be submitted to the TCEQ before a transporter begins collecting tires. There are no application fees or annual fees. Exemptions from registration include generators hauling their own tires, on-site sewage facility installers hauling shreds, vehicles collecting municipal solid waste, local government vehicles, and retreaders.

Vehicles used for transporting scrap tires, including trailers, must be operated safely and marked on both sides and the rear using numbers and letters at least two inches tall. The identification shall include the name and location of the business and the TCEQ registration number.

Transporters are required to maintain records using a manifest system, and must notify the generator of any changes to a manifest. Transporters are required to submit an annual report of the manifest information to the TCEQ.

Transporters may not stockpile more than 500 scrap tires. Tires must be hauled to an authorized facility such as a permitted landfill or a registered scrap-tire facility. Disposal fees are negotiated between transporters and authorized facilities.

Transportation Facilities

Transportation facilities can be marine terminals, rail yards, or trucking facilities that store more than 500 scrap tires or equivalent scrap tire pieces for more than 30 days.

Transportation facilities must register by submitting a complete application, but are not required to submit an annual report.

Scrap Tire Storage Sites

Storage sites are facilities that store more than 500 whole used or shredded tire pieces. Storage sites must register by submitting a complete application and are subject to design requirements to ensure safety and financial assurance for closure costs. Applications for storage site registration must be sealed by a registered professional engineer. Detailed information about storage limitations and record keeping for storage sites is listed on the registration application checklist.

Storage sites are required by 30 TAC §328.62(d) Exit the TCEQ and §328.63(d) Exit the TCEQ to report to the TCEQ information regarding the facility’s operations, the amount of tires or tire pieces removed from the facility, and the delivery point and end-use. Annual Reports are based on the calendar year (January 1 to December 31).

Scrap Tire Processing Facilities

Scrap tire processing facilities are operations that shred, bale, recycle, or recover energy from scrap tires. Scrap tire processing facilities must complete a signed application to register with the TCEQ and submit an annual report. Scrap tire facilities that store more than 500 tires must also register as a storage site.

Processing facilities are required by 30 TAC §328.62(d) Exit the TCEQ and §328.63(d) Exit the TCEQ to report to the TCEQ information regarding the facility’s operations, the amount of tires or tire pieces removed from the facility, and the delivery point and end-use. Annual Reports are based on the calendar year (January 1 to December 31).

Notification of Land Reclamation Projects Using Tires (LRPUTs)

LRPUTs are projects to fill, rehabilitate, improve, or restore already excavated, deteriorated, or disturbed land, using no more than 50 percent by volume of tire pieces along with inert fill materials, to restore the land to its approximate natural grade and to prepare or reclaim the land for reuse. All tires used to fill land must be split, quartered, or shredded. Whole tires cannot be placed below ground. Completed projects must be covered with 18 inches of clean soil. The operator and property owner must file an affidavit (TCEQ-10299) Adobe
Acrobat PDF Document with a complete application certifying that the hole existed before the project, was excavated for another purpose, and was not excavated for the burial of tire pieces. Additional registrations may be required for hauling, cutting, or storing tires for the project.

  • LRPUT Notification
    • Form TCEQ-10300 Adobe
Acrobat PDF Document
      (this form must be sealed by a licensed professional engineer and may be approved by the TCEQ if design requirements are met and public and local government notification requirements are satisfied)

Detailed information about requirements for land reclamation projects is listed on the registration application checklist.

For more information see Instruction Guidance for Scrap Tire Management Registrations and Sample Public Notices for LRPUT and Scrap Tire Storage and Facility Applications (TCEQ-10297inst) Adobe
Acrobat PDF Document.

Disposal in Landfills

Landfills are solid waste disposal facilities that are permitted by the TCEQ. Only split, quartered, or shredded tires may be disposed of in a landfill. Any permitted municipal solid waste landfill site may store or process whole tires or tire pieces. Storage or processing activities must be specified in a landfill’s permit and scrap tire management registration is required.

Active Scrap Tire Handlers and Facilities in Texas

The data file listed below contains information about active, registered scrap tire handlers and facilities in Texas. The information is updated at 12 noon on the first Monday of each month.

Contact Us for More Information

Please contact us by mail, telephone, or email if you have questions or need more information about scrap tire management.

Mail

Scrap Tire Management Program, MC 124
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 13087
Austin TX 78711-3087

Telephone

(512) 239-2515

Email

tires@tceq.texas.gov

 

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