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Scrap Tire Management Program


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Delaware produces over 750,000 scrap tires a year. How to keep them from fouling the environment is a serious consideration. Scrap tire piles present a number of environmental, health, and safety hazards to our communities. They are ideal breeding grounds for mosquitoes. A tire fire started by arson or a lightning strike could take days, even weeks, to extinguish because burning rubber is extremely difficult to put out. The smoke from a tire fire contains hazardous gases and the oily liquid runoff from the melted tires can pollute ground water.

DNREC’s Scrap Tire Management Program has two components. The first is the Scrap Tire Facility Compliance Program, which is responsible for ensuring compliance with scrap tire facility regulations. The second is the Scrap Tire Removal Program, which registers scrap tire piles and implements a cleanup program for scrap tire piles that number more than 100 tires and were in existence June 30, 2006.

Scrap Tire Facility Compliance Program
DNREC’s Compliance and Permitting Section (CAPS) regulates Delaware scrap tire facilities. Scrap tire facility regulations can be found in Section 12 of Delaware's Regulations Governing Solid Waste (DRGSW).

The regulations are focused on ensuring that scrap tire facilities do the following:

  • Limit the number of scrap tires stored at a facility.
  • Limit the length of time scrap tires are stored at a facility.
  • Implement appropriate mosquito control methods for outdoor scrap tire piles.
  • Have basic standards for managing scrap tire piles.

Do Scrap Tire Facility Regulations Apply to My Business? 
In order to familiarize businesses that generate scrap tires with the regulations, CAPS has created  flow charts and fact sheets. These documents should help you quickly determine if the scrap tire regulations apply to your business, and if so, what is required to be in regulatory compliance.

Scrap Tire Facility Registration Process
Groups 1 and 2:
Scrap tire facilities with an outdoor pile (Groups 1 and 2) will need to obtain a permit from the Department. Below you will find the scrap tire facility permit application and guidance on creating an operations manual. Please be aware that an operations manual must be submitted along with your permit application.

Group 3:
Scrap tire facilities utilizing enclosed trailer storage (Group 3) will need to obtain a site identification number. Below you will find the scrap tire facility notification form provided by the Department. The operations manual for trailers will also need to be completed and maintained at your facility, but does not need to be submitted with the site notification form.

Other Important Documents for All Scrap Tire Facilities
The guidance documents below are designed to provide assistance with some of the requirements necessary to maintain site compliance. These include:

For more information on the Scrap Tire Facility Management Program, contact: 

   Andrew Finan

Scrap Tire Removal Program
Since 2002, the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) has worked toward eliminating the state’s scrap tire piles. The Division of Waste and Hazardous Substances (WHS), Compliance and Permitting Section (CAPS) now has a program for the cleanup of tire piles in existence on June 30, 2006 and comprising more than 100 tires. Many smaller tire piles are located on private land in rural areas. There also are scrap tire piles scattered throughout Delaware that have yet to be identified.

Are you the owner of a scrap tire pile with more than 100 tires, which was in existence on June 30, 2006?
State money is now available through the Scrap Tire Management Fund to help defray the cost of cleanup of historic scrap tire piles. Please call DNREC’s Scrap Tire Management Program so that we can work with you to properly recycle the scrap tires at your location.

For more information on the Scrap Tire Removal Program and financial assistance through the Scrap Tire Management Fund, please contact:

   Tara Grazier

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