The following definitions will help you understand the requirements that apply to a waste tire business.

  • Waste Tire (IC 13-11-2-250):
    • A tire that is no longer suitable for use on a motor vehicle (e.g., < 2/32 inch tread or tire wear bars exposed).
  • Used Tire (329 IAC 15-2-13):
    • A tire that meets all of the following criteria:
      1. The tire is suitable for use on a motor vehicle because the tire has the following characteristics:
        1. The tire still has 2/32 inch or greater tread, or its wear bars are not exposed; and
        2. The tire has no cuts, slashes, or exposed cord;
      2. The tire is stored in a rack, stack, or row; and
      3. The tire is stored indoors or covered (if outside) to keep rain or other water from collecting in the tire.
  • Disposal by source of waste tires (IC 13-20-14-4):
    • When a person or business generates waste tires, they are required to dispose them through one of these methods:
      1. Delivery to a wholesaler or to an agent of a wholesaler;
      2. Delivery to a tire manufacturer;
      3. Delivery to a tire retreader;
      4. Delivery to a permitted solid waste facility such as a landfill;
      5. Delivery to a registered waste tire storage site;
      6. Delivery to a registered waste tire processor;
      7. Collection by a registered waste tire transporter
    • However, none of the parties referred to above are required to accept waste tires.
  • Waste Tire Transporter (IC 13-11-2-252):
    • A person or business that is engaged in the business of accepting waste tires and transporting them to other locations.
  • Waste Tire Processing Operation (IC 13-11-2-250.5):
    • An operation that cuts, grinds, or shreds waste tires. However, the term does not include a tire retailer that cuts or shreds the waste tires it generates.
    • Note: Waste tire processing operations that have more than 1,000 PTEs on-site at any one time must also register as a waste tire storage site.
  • Waste Tire Storage Site (IC 13-11-2-251):
    • It is either:
      1. A site at which at least 1,000 PTEs are stored outdoors or within a structure that is not completely enclosed; or
      2. A site at which at least 2,000 PTEs are stored indoors within a completely enclosed structure.
    • Note: Please see the definition of passenger tire equivalent (PTE), below. One thousand PTEs would be equivalent to 20,000 pounds of waste tires and 2,000 PTEs would be equivalent to 40,000 pounds of waste tires.
  • Passenger Tire Equivalent (IC 13-20-13-1):
    • A passenger tire equivalent (PTE) is a unit of waste tire material weighing 20 pounds, whether the waste tire material is comprised of 1 or more whole tires or 1 or more altered tires.
    • Note: One tire can count as more than one passenger tire equivalent or PTE, if the tire is larger than a standard passenger tire. The number of PTEs for an oversize tire, or pile of tire shreds, is determined by dividing its weight by 20 pounds.