Scrap Tires -- State Contacts
Delaware's scrap tire program is ramping up. A kickoff meeting was held in December 1996 to discuss the scrap tire problem in the state. A second meeting was held in March 1999 to discuss development of a program for dealing with tire stockpiles. In recent years, a bill was passed (SB 144) that requires that scrap tire piles of 100 or more that were in existence before July 1, 1997 be in compliance with environmental and safety provisions by September 30, 2002.
Delaware generates an estimated 750,000 tires per year. It is also estimated than over 2 million tires are currently stockpiled in 37 piles throughout the state. The largest pile contains 1 million tires. There have been two tire fires in last five years—both believed to have been set by arsonists.
Delaware does not have a specific scrap tire management Web site. For more information about scrap tires in the state, contact the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Solid Waste Office.
Maryland has a strong scrap tire management program. The program has recovered over 7 million tires from illegal stockpiles and is funded by a $0.40 fee on each tire sold. Additional information on Maryland's scrap tire program is available through the Maryland Department of the Environment Web site.
There have been six tire fires in Maryland since 1989.
Pennsylvania has a strong scrap tire management program. The state has made available $5 million in funds over the past 5 years for for cleanup projects, in addition to $6 million in tax incentives ($2 million per year for 3 years) for scrap tire management.
After the March 1996, I-95 tire fire, which closed down a stretch of I-95 for several months, Pennsylvania passed Act 190, the Waste Tire Recycling Act. Since the passage of this Act, Pennsylvania has removed over 20 million of the estimated 36 million scrap tires in illegal stockpiles located throughout the state and has helped find markets for the 11 million scrap tires which Pennsylvanians discard annually. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Waste Tire Program was recently awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from EPA Region 3 for its accomplishments in scrap tire pile cleanup.
The state has also been successful in using enforcement authority to clean up large tire piles in recent years. For more information on tire pile remediation in Pennsylvania, visit the Pennsylvania DEP tire pile remediation Web site.
Additional information on Pennsylvania's scrap tire program is available through the Pennsylvania DEP Waste Tire Program Web site. A list of approved waste tire transporters in the state of Pennsylvania is also available.
Pennsylvania has had several tires fires in recent years—most attributed to arson.
In 1990, Virginia began taxing new tires at $0.50 per tire. This fund now contains $7.6 million which is being used to clean up existing tire piles. Over 700 tire piles with 100 or more tires have been identified. The largest tire pile is estimated to contain 5 million tires. Total scrap tires in stockpiles is estimated to be 17 million tires—down from 23 million when Virginia began cleaning up scrap tires in 1993.
Additional information on Virginia's scrap tire program is available through the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality Web site.
The state of Virginia had a major fire in Reston in 1983 that burned for 9 months. A total of 7 to 9 million tires burned.
The largest remaining pile is estimated to contain 2 million tires and is located in Marion County. Another large tire pile in Putnam County contains an estimated 1.2 million tires. Over 8 million tires remain in piles throughout the state.
In 1998, a tire fire of 10,000 tires burned in Four States, West Virginia. The last tire fire before this occurred two years prior and was quickly extinguished.
West Virginia does not have a specific scrap tire management Web site. For more information about scrap tires in the state, contact the West Virginia Solid Waste Management Board.