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IDEM > Compliance > Land Compliance > Auto Salvage > Auto Salvage Recyclers Environmental Self-Audit Workbook > Section F: Waste Tire Management Section F: Waste Tire Management

Waste tires can pose a fire hazard and provide breeding grounds for rodents and mosquitoes. In order to reduce these potential hazards, it’s important for you to comply with Indiana’s waste tire regulations. The information below can help you determinewhat problems you may have and also provide youwith information on how to remedy some of those problems.

(1) Does your facility have over 1,000 waste tires stored outside or over 2,000 waste tires stored inside?

If “NO”, skip question 1a.

A waste tire is a tire that is not suitable for the tire’s original purpose. A tire with less than two-thirty seconds (2/32”) of an inch tread is considered to be a waste tire. To test tread depth, place a penny into several tread grooves across the tire. If part of Lincoln’s head is always covered by the tread, you have more than two-thirty seconds (2/32”) of an inch of tread depth remaining.

(1a) Does your facility have a valid certificate of registration as a waste tire storage facility?

If your facility does not have a valid waste tire storage registration, you will need to submit an RTC plan form as described in question 2.

(2) Do you open dump waste tires at your facility?

If you have uncovered and/or unaltered waste tires kept outside, you likely have an open dump, and will need to submit an RTC plan form. To be in compliance, you will need to collect and remove all waste tires presently on site and haul them to a state approved solid waste or tire management facility or recycling facility. Be advised that IC 13-20-14-1 prohibits the disposal of whole waste tires at Indiana solid waste landfills. The Indiana Air Pollution Control Rule prohibits the open burning of this waste. Submit to IDEM the number of tires removed and documentation showing proper disposal or provide a reasonable schedule for cleanup and disposal. In the future, collect waste tires in an enclosed area or covered container and dispose of the waste tires within six months.

(3) Do you store waste tires in a manner that poses a fire hazard?

If you store your waste tires in a manner that poses a fire hazard (e.g., near heat sources and activities like welding, torching, smoking or under power lines) you will need to submit an RTC plan form. To be in compliance, you will need to store waste tires in a manner that does not pose a fire hazard. Submit to IDEM documentation showing proper storage of tires (e.g., photos).

Open dump of tires.

(4) Do you prevent water from accumulating in the waste tires?

Water accumulation may be prevented by storing tires inside or under cover, by altering the tires so that they cannot accumulate water, or other methods.

If you do not prevent water from accumulating in your waste tires, you will need to submit an RTC plan form. To be in compliance, you will need to prevent water from accumulating in tires by cutting or drilling holes, and/or by storing in a building, enclosed area or covered container. Submit to IDEM documentation that you have ensured that no water can accumulate in your waste tires (e.g., photos).

(5) Do your waste tires have the potential to harbor vectors that pose a threat to human health?

A vector is a mosquito, rodent, flea, tick or other animal that can carry disease to humans.

If your waste tires have the potential to harbor vectors, you will need to submit an RTC plan form. To be in compliance, you will need to manage waste tires in a manner that minimizes vector attractions by cutting tires, drilling holes in tires, storing tires in a building, and/or storing tires in enclosed areas or covered containers. In extreme cases, you will also need to ensure removal of vectors (e.g., spraying for mosquitoes).

Submit to IDEM documentation that your waste tires are not vector attractants (e.g., photos, receipts).

(6) Do you ship whole waste tires off-site?

If “NO”, skip question 7.

(7) Are your tires delivered to one or more of the approved locations:
  • a wholesaler or agent of a wholesaler;
  • a facility that recycles or collects tires for delivery to a facility that recycles;
  • a permitted final disposal facility regulated under environmental management laws;
  • a permitted waste tire storage site;
  • a facility operated as a waste tire cutting facility under a permit issued by the commissioner; or
  • a registered waste tire transporter or a person who operates a municipal waste collection and transportation vehicle licensed under IC 13-20-4.

If your tires are not taken to an approved location, you will need to submit an RTC plan form. To be in compliance, you will need to immediately cease transport to all unapproved facilities. Begin transporting all whole waste tires to an approved facility. Submit to IDEM proof of transport to an approved facility (e.g., receipts, contract).

2/32 inch tread depth test with a penny.

Sample waste tire storage registration.

Open dump of tires.

For more information on storing tires in a manner that does not pose a fire hazard, you can contact the Indiana State Fire Marshal at (317) 232-2222.

Tire fire due to storing tires in an unsafe manner.

Tires stored improperly in standing water.

Mosquito larvae in tire. (Marion County Department of Health)

Mosquito larvae. (Indiana State Department of Health)

Shredded waste tires.

For a list of registered transporters, processors, or storage sites, please visit the IDEM Web Site:

Auto Salvage Recyclers Workbook