Waste Tires


Floridians generate more than 15 million waste tires annually. When improperly managed, waste tires pose a threat to public health and the environment. Tire piles also represent a serious fire hazard. Waste tires are a preferred breeding site for mosquitoes, which are known to transmit various strains of encephalitis.

  • contract for the proper disposal of waste tires with a vendor licensed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP)
  • assure that your waste tires are disposed of at a permitted facility
  • prevent the entrapment of water in tires by keeping them indoors or covered

  • know that all haulers of over 25 tires must register with FDEP

  • accumulate more than 1,500 waste tires without a permit from FDEP

  • burn or bury waste tires.

For more information concerning the proper handling of waste tires, contact the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Solid and Hazardous Waste (http://www.dep.state.fl.us/waste/categories/shw/default.htm) or the Hinkley Center for Solid and Hazardous Waste Management (http://Hinkleycenter.org). This information is offered only as guidance. Specific requirements may vary with individual processes and/or businesses.