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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
Locality / SponsorCollection DaysLocationContact / Details
Allegheny County
City of Pittsburgh
Department of Public Works (DPW)
Environmental Services
Monday-Friday 8AM-2PM
Some Saturdays (call)
DPW, Environmental Services, Recycling
East End Drop-Off Center
6814 Hamilton Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15208
Hazelwood Drop-Off Center
40 Melanchton St
Pittsburgh, PA 15207
West End Drop-Off Center
1330 Hassler St
Pittsburgh, PA 15220
Limited to Pittsburgh residents, two tires per day
Berks County
Solid Waste Authority
Recycling Office
Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday
Berks County Recycling Center
1316 Hill Top Road
Leesport, PA 19533
Berks County Recycling Center
Elk CountyMonday-Friday 6AM-4PM
Advanced 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
Hermitage City Garage
5250 Virginia Rd
Hermitage, PA 16148
Hermitage Recycling / Solid Waste
Please call ahead
Residents only
Monroe County
Municipal Waste Management Authority
183 Commercial Blvd
Blakeslee, PA 18610
Residents only
Philadelphia County
City of Philadelphia
Streets Department
From October 1 to March 31:
Monday – Saturday
From April 1 to September 30:
Monday – Saturday
Sanitation Convenience Centers
Multiple locations, see link
Philadelphia Streets Sanitation
Residents only
This table contains a list of ongoing waste tire collection programs sponsored by counties, municipalities or county/municipal authorities. First Locality has a number of dropoff points, each with a separate row.
Special Collection Events
Locality / SponsorEvent DatesLocationContact / Details
Independence Conservancy
Southwestern PA
See event schedule at Independence Conservancy
(schedule updated periodically)
See event schedule at Independence Conservancy
Independence Conservancy

Erie County 2020 dates
  1. January 11
  2. February 8
  3. March 7
  4. April 18*
  5. May 9
  6. June 13**
  7. July 11
  8. August 8
  9. September 12
  10. October 10*
  11. November 14
  12. December 12

Erie County Recycling Center
1624 Fillmore Ave
Erie, PA 16505
(Millcreek Township)

April 18* & October 10*
City of Corry Garage
650 E Smith St
Corry, PA 16407

June 13** Location:
Albion Borough Maintenance
36 Bessemer St.
Albion, PA 16401

Pre-registration required
County Residents Only
Register at

Erie County Event Webpage

Collection Flyer

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

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.

For additional information on waste tires, contact DEP at 717-787-7391 or EP, Waste.