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Scrap Tires

A large pile of scrap tires.
Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

Scrap Tires

It is illegal to dispose of whole motor vehicle tires in Michigan landfills.

The Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy's (EGLE) Scrap Tire Program is responsible for overseeing the handling of scrap tires generated in Michigan, cleaning up existing scrap tire piles of 500 or more tires, and expanding the reuse and recycling of scrap tires.

Scrap Tire Oversight
The Program regulates transportation, storage, and disposal of scrap tires under Part 169, Scrap Tires, of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended.

An annual registration is required for scrap tire transporters and collection sites. Program staff regularly inspects scrap tire collection sites, processors, end-users, and generators, which include tire dealers and auto scrap yards.

Scrap tires can be hazardous to our environment and the public health of Michigan if not properly managed. Run-off from scrap tire fires can contaminate water and scrap tire sites are an ideal habitat for the breeding of mosquitoes carrying disease such as West Nile Virus.


Check out the latest Into the Outdoors video, Into Recycling:  Scrap Tires (funded, in part by an EGLE grant) that highlights scrap tire recycling successes in Michigan and across the United States. 

Grant Information

The Scrap Tire Program administers a combination of community-based grants that support local municipal tire cleanups, public and private grants that enhance and promote scrap tire markets in Michigan, and technical staff resources to support compliance assistance and enforcement activities.

Through these efforts, the program seeks to improve the scrap tire regulatory landscape with higher rates of compliance, fewer occurrences of illegal tire operations (i.e. illegal hauling and dumping), the creation of more viable markets for tire materials, and the eventual establishment of a tire market based on circular economy principles.

Learn about Scrap Tire Grants from EGLE

How can YOU help reduce Scrap Tire waste?

You can help reduce the number of scrap ties generated by following some simple steps to increase tire life:

  • Ensure that tires are inflated to proper levels
  • Check inflation levels weekly
  • Drive according to the legal speed limit
  • Reduce speed around corners, and avoid quick starts and stops
  • Make sure that tires are properly balanced and rotated every 5,000 to 8,000 miles
  • Do not overload the vehicle
  • Make sure it is properly aligned

Taking each of these steps decreases wear on tires, saves money, and reduces the need for tire disposal.