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Waste Tire Program

Waste tires present environmental, health, and safety hazards. Rainwater accumulates in tire piles creating an ideal environment for mosquitoes, which are known to transmit West Nile Virus. A massive tire fire under a major highway in Philadelphia cost millions of dollars in damage and affected commuters and businesses in the region over several months. Large tire piles can burn for weeks causing the rubber to decompose into oil, which can pollute ground and surface water.

Statutes and Regulations


Transportation Compliance

Storage and Processing Permit and Report Forms

Waste Tire Piles

About 12.5 million waste tires are generated and recycled each year in Pennsylvania. Approximately 1.5 million waste tires remain in large abandoned and commercial stockpiles scattered throughout the state. In the last 15 years, 28.1 million waste tires have been cleaned up.


    • Note - No grants are available at this time.

Waste Tire Links

For additional information on waste tires, contact DEP at 717-783-9258 or EP, Waste.