Solid Waste Management Department
Used & Scrap Tire Generator/Transporter Program
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.The Scrap Tire Program will:
A "scrap tire" is a tire that a generator has rendered unusable; or a tire that can no longer be used for its original intended purpose because it has:
Scrap Tire Generator
“Scrap tire generator” means a fleet operator, an automotive dismantler, or a retailer, wholesaler, manufacturer, recapper, or retreader of new or used tires. In order to register as a scrap tire generator the Scrap Tire Generator Registration Application must be completed and submitted to the City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department.
Scrap Tire Transporter
"Scrap tire transporter” means a person who is responsible for causing tires to move along a public street from one location to another within the city. In order to register as a tire transporter the Scrap Tire Transporter Permit Application must be completed and submitted to the City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department.
|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.