California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

LEA and Facility Operator Training

Conducting Surveillance and Investigations for Illegal Tire Dumping

October 26 – November 17, 2005
3 classes, 3 locations throughout California

California is faced with the significant challenge of diverting or safely managing more than 33 million reusable and waste tires generated each year. In addition, another 3 million tires are imported annually from out of state. California has millions of waste tires that have been illegally dumped or stockpiled. These stockpiles pose a potential threat to public health, safety, and the environment. The tire piles are potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes and other organisms that are vectors of disease such as the West Nile virus. Also, the smoke from tire pile fires can cause severe human health threats.

Dates & Locations

  • October 26, 2005 – Fresno
  • November 8, 2005 – Sacramento
  • November 17, 2005 – Diamond Bar

In October and November 2005, the CIWMB offered a one-day training class to tire recycling grantees, LEAs, local code enforcement, public works personnel, sheriffs officers, CIWMB staff, and others who deal with waste tire enforcement and illegal dumping surveillance. Through a joint effort between the CIWMB’s Tire Recycling Program and the LEA Training & Outreach Section, the training opportunity was offered at three dates and locations around the state. Along with a complete overview of the City of Fresno’s Tire Surveillance Program, the training session offered supplemental information provided by CIWMB and Air Resources Board (ARB) staff, plus information from the California District Attorney’s Association (CDAA) and three local prosecutors. The classes were filled to capacity and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. The goals of the class were to provide useful tools to assist local agencies with strategies to:

  • Develop a surveillance program
  • Develop partnerships
  • Investigate and prosecute illegal haulers and dumpers of waste tires


A total of 105 people attended the three training sessions. Six continuing education unit credits through the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) were offered.

Workshop Topics

  • Creating a Surveillance Program
  • Multi-Agency Partnerships
  • Tire Surveillance Case Study
  • Using State Resources: Manifest, Hauler Registration, California Highway Patrol, ARB Aerial Surveillance
  • Interviewing Witnesses and Documenting Evidence and Report Writing
  • The Prosecutor’s Perspective

Presenters and Presentations:

Last updated: March 28, 2006
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Melissa Parker: (916) 341-6398