Improperly discarded tires pose a significant environmental and health threat since tires provide an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes that carry the West Nile virus. As a result, properly recycling your old tires is one of the most environmentally responsible acts that you can take as a citizen. When purchasing new car tires, please allow the retail store to recycle the worn-out tires on your behalf. These stores must follow State regulations to have the tires properly managed, typically through recycling.
If you already have tires at home, contact a tire retail store such as Discount Tire, Firestone Auto Care, and National Tire and Battery. Most of these stores will properly dispose of tires for a small fee. Liberty Tire Recycling will also accept all kinds of rubber tires, including bicycle tires, for a fee. Please call your local bicycle shop to see if they have a recycling program for worn-out bicycle tires.
- State laws restrict tires from being disposed of in landfills and should be recycled properly to protect public health.
- In the State of Ohio, you must be registered with Ohio EPA to transport more than 10 tires at a time. If you have more than 10 tires or have a large tire pile to be cleaned up, contact a registered tire transporter for disposal services. Contact the Ohio EPA for a complete list of registered tire transporters and other information about scrap tire management and clean-up.
- Need to report an illegal tire dump in Franklin County? Call the Environmental Crimes Task Force of Central Ohio at 614-871-5322 or submit a report online at itsacrime.org.