Solid Waste Management Department
City of Houston Scrap Tire Program FAQ
On October 21, 2015, City Council unanimously approved the Scrap Tire Ordinance due to an immediate need to alleviate the environmental dangers posed by the numerous illegal tire piles within Houston. Reducing and eliminating the illegal dumping of tires will positively affect neighborhoods and city services. The ordinance became effective January 1, 2016.
The Scrap Tire Ordinance is in the City of Houston Code of Ordinances, Chapter 39, Article VIII relating to Storage, Transportation and Disposal of Tires. All businesses that are involved in the used/scrap tire business will be required to register and/or obtain a permit annually with the City of Houston.Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the purpose of the scrap tire program?
2. How will the scrap tire program benefit residents of Houston?
3. When did the ordinance become effective?
4. What type of businesses will this program affect?
5. What businesses are exempted from registering?
6. What is the penalty for violation of the ordinance?
7. Will the open storage of tires be considered a nuisance?
8. How can I recycle my old tires?
|Scrap Tire Problems
Over 24 million scrap tires are discarded in Texas every year. It costs the City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department $1 million annually to collect and dispose of illegally dumped tires.
Scrap Tires – A Risk to Public Health and the Environment
Scrap tires exposed to the elements can:
How You Can Help Reduce Scrap Tire Problems
Purchase retreaded tires!
Properly maintain tires! This extends wear and increases the chance that your tires can be retreaded. Some helpful tips are:
For more information on the Scrap Tire Program, please call SWD-Tires at 832-393-0460.
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