A scrap tire, also referred to as a waste tire, is a tire that is no longer suitable for its original intended purpose because of wear, damage or defect. Scrap tires are generated when and where new tires replace unusable ones. Retailers, also known as scrap tire collection centers, are the most common type of generator. Scrap tire haulers transport the scrap tires to processing facilities where the tires are reduced in volume by shredding, cutting, buffing, chipping, baling or otherwise altered so they can be recycled, used for resource recovery or disposed. For a list of companies or individuals who have obtained a permit to transport scrap tires, visit Scrap Tire Haulers.
The Solid Waste Management Law and regulations require certain scrap tire haulers to obtain a Waste Tire Hauler Permit. You are not required to obtain a permit if your activity falls into one of the following categories, provided you do not create pollution, a public nuisance or a health hazard:
- A person who does not haul for consideration (monetary or non-monetary compensation) or commercial profit
- A person hauling warranty tires or new defective tires to the retailer, wholesaler or manufacturer for adjustment credit or return
- A person hauling scrap tires that have been generated at their own business or residence, provided that this transportation is done using their own employees and vehicles
If you do not meet any of the exemptions listed above, then you are required to obtain a Waste Tire Hauler Permit, which is issued by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT). If you are unsure, please contact the department’s Waste Management Program. Companies may apply for a Waste Tire Hauler Permit online through MoDOT Carrier Express. For more information, visit MoDOT's Waste Tire Transport. You can also reach MoDOT by telephone at 573-751-7100 or toll-free at 866-831-6277. For information about permit application and annual renewal fees, visit Scrap Tire Fees.
*For information about monthly reporting required by scrap tire haulers, visit Scrap Tire Hauler, Processor and Collection Center Reporting.