Contacts for Further Information
about the new
Waste Tire Regulations
Solid Waste Inspections
and Compliance Unit
1110 W. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85007
(800) 234-5677 Ext: 771-4673
(602) 771-4829 (Hearing impaired)
Web site: waste.azdeq.gov
Publication No. C 09-03
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What are the
A site that stores 100 or more used tires
outdoors must register with ADEQ. The
registration form is available on ADEQ’s
Web site at the following link:
What are the
At sites where more than 100 used tires
are stored outdoors on any day, it is
unlawful for the tire piles to:
• exceed 20 feet in height
• be more than 150 feet from a 20 foot
wide access route for fire control
apparatus to approach
• be within 3 feet of any property line
(a pile over 6 feet high must be at least
10 feet from property line)
• be within 50 feet of an area where
smoking is allowed (no smoking signs
are required to be posted)
• be in any area in which electrical wiring
fixtures or appliances do not comply
with the national electrical code
• be stored without placing class
“2A-10BC” fire extinguishers at well
marked points throughout the storage
area so that the travel distance from
any point in the storage area to a fire
extinguisher is not more than 75 feet
There is a New Law
for Waste Tires
On September 26, 2008, changes to the
waste tire statutes became effective.
HB2426 was signed into law on April 16,
2008, making changes to Arizona Revised
Statutes (A.R.S.) §§ 44-1301, 44-1304.01,
49-762, 49-762.01 and 49-762.02.
What is a Waste Tire?
A.R.S. § 44-1301(4) defines a waste tire as a
motor vehicle tire that is no longer suitable
for its original intended purpose because of
wear, damage or defect.
What is a Waste Tire
A waste tire collection site is defined in A.R.S.
§ 44-1301(5) as a site where waste tires are
collected before being offered for recycling or
reuse and where more than 500 tires are kept
on site on any day.
for a Waste Tire
The most significant hazard associated with
storing waste tires is the potential for fires. Such
fires produce a lot of smoke, which often contains
toxic chemicals. Also, tires provide habitat for
disease vectors, such as mosquitoes and flies.
Methods of Disposal
Pursuant to A.R.S. § 44-1304(D), the following
are permissible methods of waste tire disposal:
• Retreading or recapping;
• Constructing collision barriers;
• Controlling soil erosion or for flood control
only if used in accordance with approved
• Chopping or shredding for use as waste
tire daily cover at a solid waste landfill;
• Grinding for use in asphalt and as a raw
material for other products;
• Sludge composting;
• Using as playground equipment;
• Incineration or using as a fuel or pyrolysis
if permitted by laws, regulations, or
ordinances related to burning or fuel;
• Hauling to out-of-state collection or
• Tire monofills, if tires are chopped or
• Use as a building construction in accordance
with applicable city, town, and county
building codes; and
• Agricultural purposes as bumpers on
agricultural equipment or as ballast to
maintain covers at an agricultural site.
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