California is faced with the significant challenge of diverting or safely managing more than 44 million reusable and waste tires generated each year. It is estimated that fewer than 25,000 waste tires remain in stockpiles throughout California. These stockpiles pose a potential threat to public health, safety, and the environment.
In order to fulfill The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery’s (CalRecycle) mandated to regulate and manage waste tires within the state, the county of San Luis Obispo participates in the Local Government Waste Tire Enforcement Grant program.
As a Waste Tire Enforcement Agency (TEA), the county San Luis Obispo is responsible for performing initial and follow-up inspections for all waste tire generators, haulers, and end-use facilities within the county. Additionally, the county conducts surveillance activities and refers noncomplying business to CalRecycle.