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Waste Tires Disposal Oversight

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.

Each of us can do something to help avert potential problems caused by more than 40 million worn or damaged tires replaced each year in California, not to mention the millions already stockpiled at waste tire facilities or illegally dumped in alleys and by roadsides throughout the state.

Our Legislature recognized the serious environmental safety and health threats posed by improper management of waste tires and passed the California Tire Recycling Act in 1989. This act mandated that CalRecycle oversee and regulate the management of waste tires in the state. To further assure proper waste tire management, the Legislature passed additional legislation in 2000 to augment the California Tire Recycling Act.

We can all take action to keep from being "rolled over" by the waste tires in our state:

  • First and foremost: Maintain your tires properly!
  • Buy tires that promise higher mileage.
  • If they’re available, buy retreaded tires.
  • Whenever possible, buy products made from the rubber of old tires.
  • Know who can reuse or recycle your old tires.
  • Dispose of tires legally.

To report a waste tire complaint, contact us. 


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