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Missouri scrap tire fee is up for renewal.  Click here for more information.  Picture of illegally dumped scrap tires.

An environment free of scrap tires is important to the public health of all Missouri citizens. Scrap tires harbor mosquitoes, snakes and other vermin. West Nile virus, transmitted by mosquitoes, is a serious health threat. The removal of scrap tires in Missouri is a priority for the Solid Waste Management Program’s Scrap Tire Unit. Missouri citizens generate approximately five million scrap tires annually.

scrap tire material running track

By 1990 illegal tire piles in Missouri had become so widespread that the State Legislature passed Senate Bill 530. This legislation allowed scrap tires to be regulated as a significant part of the waste generated in this state and established the scrap tire fee. All scrap tire activities are completed with the revenue received from the 50-cent fee on purchases of new tires. This fee was extended once in 1999 and expired in January 2004.  It was reinstated by Senate Bill 225 during the 2005 legislative session and went into effect on Aug. 28, 2005. During this 18-month period, the department estimates nearly a half million tires were illegally dumped while it was unable to conduct its inspection and enforcement activities. By 1995, Senate Bills 60 and 112 were enacted by Missouri Legislature to make several adjustments to the department’s scrap tire efforts. The 50-cent fee was redistributed: 65 percent for tire site cleanups; 25 percent for administration, five percent to educational programs and curriculum on solid waste management and five percent for grants.

The program works to protect and improve the environment by developing a scrap tire management system that creates economic incentives for the proper management of scrap tires in Missouri. We also strive to create a level playing field for all industry members through permitting, inspection and enforcement efforts.

Playground with tire surfacing material.

The scrap tire fee was renewed during the 2014 legislative session and will expire again on Jan. 1, 2020, unless extended by the legislature. The 50-cent fee was again redistributed:  up to 50 percent for administration; up to 45 percent for grants  for market development; up to five percent to educational programs and curriculum on solid waste management; and the remainder for tire site cleanups. Of the states that charge a fee when new tires are purchased, Missouri has one of the lowest fees in the country.

Since cleanup efforts started back in 1990, the department has cleaned up 1,386 scrap tire sites containing more than 17.6 million scrap tires. The department estimates there are a little over 159,000 scrap tires remaining to be cleaned up throughout the state in 132 sites. There are likely 500,000 tires remaining in dump sites yet to be identified.

Additional Information

Scrap Tire Advisory Group Recommendations
Scrap Tire Uses at the Missouri State Fair
Scrap Tire Hauling, Processing and Recycling Services State Contract Information

Cleanup Information

  • NOTICE: End of the Scrap Tire Roundup Program
  • Nonprofit Cleanup
  • Disposal Options:
    • Leave used tires removed from your vehicle(s) with the tire dealer/retailer for proper disposal
    • Take scrap tires to a tire dealer who may charge for proper disposal
    • Cut the sidewalls out of each tire (leaving two sidewalls and tread ring) and dispose of the three pieces with your normal trash
    • Cut the tires circumferentially through the center of the tread (like a bagel) and dispose of the two pieces with your normal trash
    • Contract a permitted scrap tire hauler for the removal and proper disposal of the tires -- click here for a list of permitted scrap tire haulers

Historical Information

Tire Fee Information