News Release 182

Department continues to clean up scrap tires in Missouri

Volume 38-182 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Larry Archer

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, MARCH 31, 2010 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources and its partners have cleaned up more than 15.6 million scrap tires in Missouri since the scrap tire cleanup efforts began in 1990.           

To help increase the number of tires reported and cleaned up in Missouri, the department created the Tire Dump Roundup Program in 2006. Through this program, property owners can apply to have scrap tires cleaned up from their property at no cost. To be eligible, sites must contain between an estimated 500 and 10,000 tires. Active businesses and prior program recipients are not eligible for this program. Totals compiled in March show 944,519 tires from 209 sites were cleaned up from November 2006 to February 2010 by the Department of Natural Resources.

From October 2009 to February 2010, the department, partnering with local county government officials, cleaned tires up in the following counties:

During these events, the department partners with the Missouri Department of Corrections to provide cleanup services and convert the illegally dumped tires to tire derived fuel. Using tire derived fuel not only has an economic benefit, but also an environmental benefit, as it produces fewer emissions than the coal it replaces.

When recycled properly, scrap tires have other beneficial uses. They can be made into playground surfaces, running tracks and recycled rubber products. To help support those beneficial uses and end markets, the department uses a portion of the scrap tire fee to provide Scrap Tire Playground Cover and Surfacing Grants.

The state's Scrap Tire Fee, a 50-cent-per-tire fee charged on every new tire purchased in Missouri, enables the department to fund the cleanups and provide grants and inspection and technical assistance efforts.

The department continues to work with Missouri's solid waste management districts, cities and counties coordinating tire roundups, and encourages and reimburses nonprofit groups in cleaning up dumpsites that contain fewer than 500 tires.

The department estimates there are a total of 590,000 tires remaining in illegal dumps around the state. Of this amount, more than 290,000 tires are in known dumpsites. The department receives speculative reports of dumpsites totaling approximately 300,000 additional tires per year.

For more information or to sign up for the Tire Dump Roundup Program, contact the department's Solid Waste Management Program at 800-361-4827 or 573-751-5401 or visit the Web at