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Waste Tire Management Program

Waste tires in Oregon can present environmental, health and safety hazards if not managed properly. Oregonians generate about four million waste tires per year and only about one third of them are recovered. The rest are shredded and disposed of in Oregon or out-of-state, or dumped illegally.

Illegal waste tire piles can accumulate rainwater which can become a breeding ground for disease-carrying mosquitoes. Large piles can catch fire, causing air and water pollution. And tire piles are just plain unsightly.

Oregon's waste tire program is designed to prevent problematic storage and disposal of tires by regulating how they are collected and stored. It is also designed to encourage alternatives to disposal. Oregon law establishes a permitting system for waste tire carriers and storage sites, and also imposes a landfill ban on disposal of whole tires. Oregon Revised Statute 459.247 describes landfill bans. Statutes and Rules describing Oregon's waste tire program include: ORS 459.705 (Waste Tire Storage and Disposal); Oregon Administrative Rules 340 Chapter 64 (Waste Tire Program).

Other Links

  • Tire Industry Association
    TIA was formed by the July 2002 merger of the International Tire & Rubber Association and the Tire Association of North America.
  • Rubber Manufacturers Association Inc
    Scrap Tire Management Council
  • Rubber Pavements Association
    A non-profit industry association comprised of crumb rubber producers, A-R contractors, equipment manufacturers, engineering consulting firms, testing laboratories, crack sealant manufacturers, and asphalt suppliers, based in Arizona.
  • Scrap Tire News
    A publication devoted to providing news and information about tire and rubber recycling.
  • Tire Retread Information Bureau
    A non-profit, member supported industry association with hundreds of members in North America and in many countries around the globe.
  • Asphalt Rubber Technology Service
    Created for the purpose of promoting, designing, and testing the use of recycled scrap tires in rubberized asphalt and other civil infrastructure applications.
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 If you have any questions, please call Oregon DEQ at 503-229-5409 or toll-free within Oregon, 1-800-452-4011 x5409 or email Christina Woodcock.

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