Presentation | December 2015

Waste Tire Disposal Laws in the Southern States

Anne Roberts Brody

On December 7, 2015, SLC Policy Analyst Anne Roberts Brody provided testimony on waste tire disposal laws and regulations in Southern states before the Arkansas General Assembly’s Joint Public Health, Welfare, and Labor Committee. 

Despite more than 20 years of efforts to address the issue of waste tires nationwide, large illegal stockpiles persist.  These stockpiles, even small ones, can attract rodents and mosquitoes, act as vectors for disease, and are a serious fire hazard. When tires catch fire, contaminants in the burning material can run off into creeks and pollute groundwater.  And, in the face of the ongoing threat of the Zika virus, efforts to remove and prevent illegal stockpiles, which serve as mosquito breeding grounds, have become even more crucial.  Without proper management and oversight, used tires quickly can become a threat to human health, public safety and to the environment.  Remediation of large illegal stockpiles has been reported to take more than five years to complete, costing millions of dollars. 

While tracking and disposal of waste tires continue to present challenges, legislative and regulatory measures can create frameworks for sustainable management through fee assessment, tracking and compliance, and the encouragement of beneficial end-use markets.

The SLC Regional Resource, Where Rubber Meets the Road: Waste Tire Disposal Laws in the Southern States, outlines some of the key criteria contained in Southern states' waste tire disposal laws and rules, provides an overview of state waste tire laws and concludes with an assessment of best practices undertaken by states in the region.