Waste Tire Management

The goal of the IDEM Waste Tire Management Program is to develop and advance the management of waste tires in Indiana. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) seeks to develop strategies that recognize waste tires as a marketable resource rather than a waste stream for disposal. IDEM supports and provides financial and technical assistance for source reduction, re-use, recycling, and proper management of waste tires.Why waste tires are a concern:

Why waste tires are a concern:

A number of serious health and environmental concerns are associated with waste tires. When waste tires are improperly stockpiled or illegally dumped, they trap rainwater which is stagnant and become breeding grounds for mosquitoes and rodents. The rodents and insects that breed within these piles have the potential to spread disease to humans and other animals. In addition to this potential pest problem, large collections of tires can be serious fire hazards. Tire fires spread quickly, emit large amounts of heat, and are difficult to contain or extinguish. Additionally, if openly burned, tires emit large quantities of dangerous chemicals and toxic gases, such as benzene and high levels of carbon monoxide, into the air. Ash from open-air tire fires can travel great distances and can take a long time to settle out of the air. Burned tires also leave behind a hazardous oily residue that can pollute the surrounding surface waters, groundwater, and soils with lead and other dangerous toxins. IDEM regulates the generators, transporters, processors and storage sites of waste tires to ensure all are operating in compliance with applicable regulations. IDEM’s Office of Land Quality (OLQ) provides a complete list of Regulations, Forms, Guidance and Policies related to tire management.

The Compliance & Technical Assistance Program (CTAP) offers guidance for questions such as:

  • Remediating existing problems that were created by the accumulation of large piles of tires;
  • Navigating the process of proper disposal;
  • Understanding the rules applicable to businesses that collect and process waste tires for disposal;
  • Identifying and incorporating best management practices for waste tire management;
  • Identifying operations that are currently approved to collect and dispose of tires; and
  • Understanding how source reduction efforts, or pollution prevention techniques can help eliminate or minimize this waste stream from a business.


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