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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

Tire Recycling Resources

County Recycling Programs and Recycling Coordinators
Search for Drop-Off Locations:

Tire Drop-Off Locations & Events

Ongoing Collection Programs

This table contains a list of ongoing waste tire collection programs sponsored by counties, municipalities or county/municipal authorities.

Locality / Sponsor Collection Days Location Contact / Details
Allegheny County
City of Pittsburgh
Department of Public Works

DPW, Environmental Services, Recycling 412-255-2631
Monday-Friday 8AM-2PM Some Saturdays (call)East End Drop-Off Center 6814 Hamilton Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15208412-665-3609
  Hazelwood Drop-Off Center 40 Melanchton St Pittsburgh, PA 15207412-422-6545
  West End Drop-Off Center 1330 Hassler St Pittsburgh, PA 15220412-937-3054
   Limited to Pittsburgh residents, two tires per day
Berks County Solid Waste Authority Recycling OfficeTuesday, Thursday, & Saturday 8AM-12PMBerks County Recycling Center 1316 Hill Top Road Leesport, PA 19533 Berks County Recycling Center
Elk CountyMonday-Friday 6AM-4PM Saturday 9AM-12PMAdvanced Disposal Greentree Landfill 635 Toby Rd. Kersey, PA 15846 Elk County Tire Recycling
Contact Elk Co. SWA for manifest prior to drop-off
Mercer County
City of Hermitage
Friday 7AM-12PMHermitage City Garage 5250 Virginia Rd Hermitage, PA 16148 Hermitage Recycling / Solid Waste
Please call ahead
Residents only
Monroe County Municipal Waste Management AuthorityMonday-Friday 8:30AM-4PM183 Commercial Blvd Blakeslee, PA 18610
Residents only
Philadelphia County
City of Philadelphia
Streets Department
From October 1 to March 31: Monday – Saturday 8AM-6PM
From April 1 to September 30: Monday – Saturday 6AM-8PM
Sanitation Convenience Centers
Multiple locations, see link
Philadelphia Streets Sanitation
Residents only

Special Collection Events

This table contains a list of one-time waste tire collection events sponsored by counties, municipalities or county/municipal authorities.

County / Operator Date(s) Location Contact
Crawford County
French Creek Council of G
9/24/22Crawford County Fairgrounds
Erie County
Girard Township
9/10/2210411 Route 98
Edinboro, PA 16412

Huntingdon County
Keep PA Beautiful
9/17/22Huntingdon County Fairgrounds
Fairgrounds Rd.
Huntingdon, PA 16652

Luzerne County
Luzerne County
10/8/22Hanover Area School District Junior Senior High School
Luzerne County
Luzerne County
10/1/22Hazelton Area School District
Drums Elementary/Middle School Parking Lot

List of Waste Tire Processors

Recycling Markets Search - Locate outlets for various recyclable materials. Under material type, select "Rubber (Tires)", then click on search.

Waste tire recycling report from the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Joint State Government Commission: Waste Tire Recycling and Reuse in Pennsylvania: An Analysis of the Industry, Markets and State Use, Including Rubber Modified Asphalt (PDF, 2007)

Transportation Compliance

Storage and Processing Permit and Report Forms

Waste Tire Piles


Note - No grants are available at this time.

Waste Tire Links

For additional information on waste tires, contact DEP at 717-787-7381 or EP, Waste.