Current Flow Management

Sources of Waste Tires

A. "Current Flow" Tires

“Current flow” waste tires come from daily automotive activities, predominantly at retail tire dealers, auto repair shops, auto dealers, discount stores, and trucking operations which are all subject to the tire fee (currently $.50 per tire).Other sources not subject to the recycling fee include industrial and off-the-road (OTR) tires and tires from salvage operations.

B. Tires in Piles

DEQ began locating tire dumps with a comprehensive state-wide survey in 1993. In the ensuing years, 1331 piles containing over 25 million tires were identified, quantified and certified.  At this time, the DEQ is aware of 97 existing tire piles containing just over 1 million tires.

New piles continue to be reported even as existing tire piles are cleaned up.   Illegal dumping incidents should be reported to the local police/sheriff offices for investigation.


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Virginia Department of
Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000


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