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Where we collect tire disposal fees – and why

In many states, a fee applies to every purchase of new tires. In most cases, these fees are collected by the tire dealer – so here at TireBuyer, we may collect your state’s fees when you purchase tires. While nobody likes paying fees, tire disposal fees go to a very good cause – the collection, storage, processing, and use of scrap tires. State-funded tire recycling programs are responsible for decreasing the number of stockpiled scrap tires in the U.S. from more nearly 580 million in 1994 to around 111 million in 2010.1

Scrap tire legislation has been a priority in many states in recent years, largely because of the effect of tires on the environment. Tires aren’t biodegradable, so when they’re buried in a landfill, they remain in the same form forever. Not only do tires not disintegrate over time, but they also can't be compacted like other types of solid waste. However, the components of tires can be recycled into reusable products, which is something many states are extremely interested in pursuing. Some of the potential uses include playground surfaces, mulch, and asphalt.

Many states have used the funds collected from tire disposal fees to find new uses for materials from recycled tires. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Florida, California, Arizona, Alaska, and New Jersey have used rubber from tires in asphalt rubber for highway pavement. Iowa and South Dakota have been able to use recycled tire materials for civil engineering purposes, as well as tire-derived fuel. Drain fields for septic systems made from tire shreds have been created in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. Oklahoma and Vermont have used scrap tires to stabilize riverbanks and slopes.2 As state research continues, funded by tire disposal fees, the potential new uses for recycled tires keep on growing.

Tire disposal fees collected by TireBuyer:

(as of November 2013)

State Fee
AL $1.00 per tire
AK $2.50 per tire
AZ 2% fee, up to $2.00 per tire
AR $2.00 per passenger tire
$5.00 per medium truck tire
CA $1.75 per tire
CO $1.50 per tire
FL $1.00 per tire
GA $1.00 per tire
IL $2.50 per tire
IN $0.25 per tire
IA $1.00 per tire
KS $0.25 per tire
KY $1.00 per tire
LA $2.00 per passenger/light truck tire
$5.00 per medium truck tire
$10.00 per large (off road) tire
ME $1.00 per tire
MD $0.80 per tire
MS $1.00 per tire - rim size less than 24 inches
$2.00 per tire - rim size 24 inches or more
MO $0.50 per tire
NE $1.00 per tire
NV $1.00 per tire
NJ $1.50 per tire
NY $2.50 per tire
NC 2% of cost of tire - rim size less than 20 inches
1% of cost of tire - rim size 20 inches or more
OH $1.00 per tire
OK $2.50 per tire - rim size 19.5 inches or less
$3.50 per tire - rim size more than 19.5 inches
PA $1.00 per tire
RI $0.50 per tire
SC $2.00 per tire
TN $1.35 per tire
UT $1.00 per tire
VA $0.50 per tire
WA $1.00 per tire

Tire disposal fees collected by states

State Fee
MI $1.50 per vehicle registration
NM $1.50 per vehicle registration
ND $2.00 per vehicle registration
SD $2.00 per vehicle registration
WV $5.00 per vehicle registration

Tire disposal fees collected by importer

HI $1.00 per tire

 

1. Rubber Manufacturers Association, U.S. Scrap Tire Management Summary, page 12
2. United States Environmental Protection Agency, Where You Live

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