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Scrap Tire Collection Site Registration

The Materials Management Division within the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) has the responsibility for reviewing annual applications for registration of scrap tire collection sites under the authority of Part 169 of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended. The purpose of the registration is to identify such collection sites to enable EGLE to ensure that scrap tires are managed in a manner that protects the public health, the environment, and the public trust.

NAME OF PERMIT OR APPROVAL: Scrap Tire Collection Site Registration Application Form (EQP 5134). 

STATUTORY AUTHORITYPart 169, Scrap Tires, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, Public Act 451 of 1994, as amended

APPLICABLE REGULATION: Part 169, Section 16904.


Applicability: Any scrap tire collection site, other than a disposal area licensed under Part 115: a race course, or a feed storage; is a location that contains 500 or more scrap tires on one or more adjacent pieces of property that is not associated with a tire retail operation; or 1,500 or more scrap tires on one or more adjacent pieces of property that is owned or leased by a retailer; or 2,500 or more scrap tires on one or more adjacent pieces of property that is owned or leased by an automotive recycler; or one or more pieces of adjacent property where more than 150 cubic yards of scrap tire processed material is accumulated if that property is owned or leased by a commercial contractor that is authorized to use the scrap tire processed material as an aggregate replacement in a manner approved by a designation of inertness for scrap tires or is otherwise authorized for such use by the department under Part 115.

Pre-Application Requirements: Scrap tire collection site owner/operators must comply with all requirements of Part 169. A person shall deliver a scrap tire only to one of the following that is in compliance with Part 169:

  • A registered collection site.
  • A location that has legally accumulated scrap tires below the regulatory threshold for qualifying as a collection site as specified in Section 16901(d).
  • A disposal area licensed under Part 115.
  • An end-user.
  • A scrap tire processor.
  • A tire retailer.

Application Submission Requirements: Annual submittal by January 31 of each year on a form provided by EGLE and containing all of the information required by EGLE (site map, warranty deed/land contract). Annual submittal to EGLE of documentation indicating that the collection site is currently bonded as required by Part 169.

Procedures and Time-Frame for Registration: Submittal of all required registration information on a form(s) provided by EGLE. Submittal is to be made to the Materials Management Division by January 31 of each year.

It generally takes about 30 days from submission of an application to process and issue the registration.

Operational Requirements

  • Only tires shall be accumulated in a tire storage area.
  • Stated horizontal and vertical limits of tire piles must not be exceeded.
  • Stated minimum isolation distances to property lines, buildings, or structures must be met.
  • Stated minimum storage requirements or treatment to limit the potential for mosquito breeding must be met.
  • Stated minimum separations between tire piles must be maintained.
  • Tire piles must be accessible to fire fighting equipment.
  • Tires must be isolated from other stored materials that may create hazardous products if there is a fire.
  • All persons employed to work on the site must be trained in emergency response operations.
  • The owner of a scrap tire collection site must maintain a stated amount of bond in favor of EGLE's Director to cover the cost of removing the tires in case of emergency or insolvency of the owner, or if the owner or operator of the collection site fails to comply with the requirements of Part 169 and does not cause the removal of the tires at the direction of a court of competent jurisdiction.
  • Other stated operation and maintenance requirements for storage sites having 2,500 or more tires must also be met. These include fencing and berming the site, providing sufficient site drainage, all-weather access roads, vegetation control, and posting an emergency procedures plan. Scrap tires shall not be stored in excess of 10,000 cubic yards per acre.
  • Sites with 100,000 or more tires that are not stored in a building must operate as a scrap tire processor.

Fees: $200 per annual registration, and a bond in favor of EGLE must be maintained in some circumstances.

Appeal Process: No formal appeal process is outlined in the governing statute. However, the right to a contested case hearing can be created when an agency seeks to modify or terminate an existing license or entitlement. MCL 24.201 et seq.

Public Input Opportunities: The decision-maker in this process is the Manager of the Sustainable Materials Management Unit. Complaints or comments related to a site may be filed with EGLE at any time. The complaints are investigated and if they are validated through a finding of a violation then this would be considered in the decision-making process. EGLE maintains a list of registered facilities.

ADMINISTERING AGENCY: Materials Management Division, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, 525 West Allegan Street, PO Box 30241, Lansing, MI 48909-7741.

Revision Date:
July 2019