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Scrap Tires

Region 5 Scrap Tire
Program Coordinator

Chris Newman (newman.christopherm@epa.gov) 312-353-8402 US EPA Region 5
77 W. Jackson Blvd. (DW-8J)
Chicago, IL 60604

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The states in Region 5 are actively addressing scrap tire management. Minnesota was the first state to pass laws addressing the management of scrap tires in 1985. Wisconsin was also an early leader in scrap tire management and disposal. The Illinois EPA established a Used Tire Program that funds over 100 waste tire cleanups throughout the state each year. Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio have all developed scrap tire market development programs and financial incentives for products made from recycled scrap tires. More information on state programs.

In 2004, several states in the Great Lakes with significant remaining piles conducted complete inventories and GIS mapping of large tire piles in coordination with Region 5 and Tetra Tech EM, Inc. An informational brochure was developed to highlight tire stockpile issues, the maps, and resources available to address stockpiles.

Scrap tire piles have also been recognized as potential breeding grounds for mosquitos with the West Nile virus. This website provides resources about mosquito control, safety precautions, and information on insecticides.

Scrap Tire Cleanup Guidebook

Scrap Tire Cleanup Guidebook January 2006

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.

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Scrap tire management in Region 5 states







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