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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

Recycling

  • Update on the Pennsylvania Waste Tire Recycling Program (PDF)
  • Where to Recycle
    • County Recycling Programs and Recycling Coordinators
    • Collection Events, Drop-Off Locations and Earth 911
      • Adams County - Adams County Agr. Ctr. 670 Old Harrisburg Rd. Gettysburg, PA - May 13, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Advanced Registration and Payment Required 717-337-9827
      • Allegheny County
        • Moon Township Residents Only – Township Municipal Bldg., 1000 Beaver Grade Rd., Moon Township, PA 15108 - June 3, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
        • Pittsburgh Public Drop Off Locations - Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
      • Berks County - Berks County Recycling Center, 1316 Hilltop Rd., Leesport, PA 19533 - Tue., Thur. and Sat., 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Call 610-478-6362 for details.
      • Cambria County - For more information, contact Mark Stockley at 814-472-2120 or mstockley@co.cambria.pa.us
        • Croyle Township Municipal Building – 1654 Railroad St. Summerhill, PA 15958 - April 29, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
        • Cambria Township Building – 183 Municipal Rd. Ebensburg, PA 15931- May 6, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m
        • Patton Borough – May 20, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
      • Clinton County - CCSWA Recycling Center, McElhatten - May 19, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and May 20, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
      • Elk County Tire Collection Program - Advanced Disposal Greentree Landfill, 635 Toby Rd., Kersey, PA. 15846 - Mon. - Fri., 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sat. 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
      • Fulton County - For more information, please contact Recycling Coordinator, Greg Reineke, at 717-325-6092 or greg@fultoncountyconservationdistrict.org
        • Ayr Township Building – 5844 Cito Rd. McConnellsburg, PA 17233 – May 6, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
        • Dublin Township Building – 8776 Waterfall Rd. Hustontown, PA 17234 – May 6, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
        • Thomspon Township Building – 4526 Timber Ridge Rd. Big Cove Tannery, PA 17212 – May 6, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
      • Independence Conservancy - Southwestern PA Tire Collection Events
      • Mercer County
        • Hermitage Residents - Hermitage City Garage, 6250 Virginia Rd., Hermitage, PA 16148
      • Monroe County - Blakeslee Recycling Center 183 Commercial Blvd. Blakeslee, PA. 18610 - Mon. - Fri., 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
      • Philadelphia - Sanitation Convenience Centers, Mon.- Sat., 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
      • Washington County – Washington County Fairgrounds 2151 N Main St. Washington, PA 15301 – May 20, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    • List of Waste Tire Processors 
    • Recycled Markets Search - Locate outlets for various recyclable materials. Under material type, select "Rubber (Tires), then click on search. 
  • New Releases/Reports

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.

Grants

    • 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.