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Requirements for Scrap Tire Facilities

You may need to register with the TCEQ if your scrap tire facility operations include energy recovery from tires, thermal decomposition, recycling, or processing. Processing includes activities such as cutting, grinding, shredding, baling, crushing, splitting, and recapping or retreading. Your facility may also need to register as a storage site if you exceed certain quantity thresholds.


General Requirements

  • Apply for a Scrap Tire Facility registration and obtain TCEQ authorization before starting operations.
  • Store no more than the limits authorized in your registration.
  • Allow only registered scrap tire transporters to remove used or scrap tires or tire pieces.
  • Provide notification of proposed project to local authorities, including:
    • the county judge, fire authority and regional council of government; and
    • the mayor if your facility is within the city limits or its extraterritorial jurisdiction.
  • Provide your own fire-fighting personnel or system to comply with local fire and building codes, if you don’t make arrangements with public or private emergency response personnel.
  • Monitor tire stockpiles for vectors and apply vector control measures as needed, but not less than every two weeks.
  • Avoid creating a nuisance or disturbing adjacent landowners when operating vehicles and equipment.
  • Submit timely annual reports to the TCEQ detailing tire management activity for the calendar year.

How to Apply for a Scrap Tire Facility Registration

Forms to apply for a registration, or update your status or contact information:

Storage Limits

As a scrap tire facility you are limited to the storage limits listed below. If you exceed these limits, you must also register as a scrap tire storage site.

  • If your facility is solely a scrap tire processing facility with no recycling or energy recovery conducted on-site you can store:
    • 500 used or scrap tires on the ground, or 2,000 used or scrap tires in trailers; or
  • If your facility recycles tires on-site or uses tires for energy recovery you can store:
    • no more than an approved 30-day supply of tires (as defined in Title 30, Texas Administrative Code,  328.53(1))

Both tire limits apply to weight equivalent tire pieces or any combination thereof.

Recordkeeping and Reporting

  • Tire Manifest
    You must track tires transported to and from your scrap tire facility using a manifest.
  • Annual Report Forms
    Report your scrap tire management activity for the calendar year including the number and type of scrap tires received; the amount by weight of tires processed, recycled, or used for energy recovery; the amount of tire pieces removed from the facility; and identify the delivery point and end-user.

Rules for Scrap Tire Facilities

  • 30 TAC 328.63
    State rules establishing standards and requirements for used or scrap tire facilities.
  • Local Requirements: If you manage used or scrap tires or tire pieces you must also follow all local ordinances and regulations.

Contact the Scrap Tire Program

Please contact the Scrap Tire Program if you have questions about scrap tire facilities.