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Scrap Tires

Every year, the states in Region 3 face the task of managing millions of scrap tires. Fortunately, markets now exist for the majority of these scrap tires. These markets include ground rubber, rubberized asphalt, civil engineering applications, and tire-derived fuel.  In 2007, national markets for scrap tires were consuming approximately 4.1 million tons, or 89.3 %, of the 4.6 million tons annually generated scrap tires:

 (Source: Rubber Manufacturers Association, 2007.)

Through these innovative uses of scrap tires, markets for scrap tire material continue to grow throughout Region 3.  With both Virginia and Pennsylvania, EPA Region 3 participates in a national work group to increase communications between state regulators, market development officials and industry.  The goal of the work group is to support existing markets while continuing to seek out innovative new market ideas.

States and municipalities throughout Region 3 are working to actively address scrap tire proper disposal and recycling in the Mid-Atlantic. Projects include:


Scrap Tire Cleanup Guidebook: (PDF, 41pp, 6.61M, about pdf) To help state and local governments reduce the economic burdens and environmental risks associated with scrap tire piles on their landscapes, U.S. EPA Region 5 and Illinois EPA have collaborated to create the Scrap Tire Cleanup Guidebook. The guidebook brings together the experience of dozens of professionals in one resource designed to provide state and local officials with the information needed to effectively clean up scrap tire piles. The guidebook discusses starting a cleanup program, working with contractors to clean up sites, and implementing prevention programs that will reduce scrap tire dumping. 

For additional information on scrap tires, visit:



State Links

Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and West Virginia have all developed scrap tire market development programs and financial incentives for products made from recycled scrap tires see State Contacts .  This page provides links to non-EPA web sites that provide additional information about Scrap Tires.  You will leave the EPA.gov domain and enter another page with more information. EPA cannot attest to the accuracy of information on that non-EPA page. Providing links to a non-EPA Web site is not an endorsement of the other site or the information it contains by EPA or any of its employees. Also, be aware that the privacy protection provided on the EPA.gov domain (see Privacy and Security Notice) may not be available at the external link. Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer

Other Sites

Rubber Manufacturers Association

Recycling Research Institute

Other resources include the Scrap Tire Management Council, the Tire Retread Information Bureau, and Scrap Tire News. Links to these Web sites are available through the national scrap tires Web site - list of resources.

For more information:
Mike Giuranna, Solid Waste Specialist
U.S. EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103-2029
Phone: (215) 814-3298
E-mail: giuranna.mike@epa.gov

Region 3 The Mid-Atlantic States

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