California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

Waste Tire Enforcement

Determining Facility Type and Whether to Issue a Notice of Violation

The flowchart below is an overview of the procedures for determining waste tire facility type and whether or not to issue an NOV for new location. It does not include permitted facilities.

Overview of the procedures for determining waste tire facility type and whether or not to issue an notice of violation for new location. 

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Ask the question: Are there 500 or more waste tires and/or passenger tire equivalents (PTE) at the location?

  • If the answer to the question is No then there is no CalRecycle jurisdiction so no enforcement action to be taken.
  • If the answer to this question is Yes then ask: Does the location qualify for and comply with the requirements for any permit exclusions or exemptions below?
    • If the answer to this question is No then ask: Are there more than 4,999 waste tires and/or PTEs being stored at this location?
      • If the answer to this question is No then the site is an unlawful minor waste tire facility and a NOV should be issued.
      • If the answer to this question is Yes then the site is an unlawful major waste tire facility and an NOV should be issued.
    • If the answer to this question is Yes then ask: Is the facility operating in compliance with the storage standards?
      • If the answer to this question is Yes then no enforcement action is needed.
      • If the answer to this question is No then a NOV should be issued ordering the operator of the facility to comply with storage standards.

Exempt/Excluded Facilities

Tire Dealer/Auto Dismantler Requirements

  1. No more than 1,500 waste tires or passenger tire equivalents (PTE) accumulated on the premises.
  2. Waste tires are stored for less than 90 days.

Tire Retreader Requirements

  1. No more than 3,000 waste tires on the premises.

Agriculture Operation Requirements (more information...)

  1. Less than 5,000 waste tires being used.
  2. Waste tires are rendered incapable of holding accumulations of water.

Cement Kiln Requirements (more information...)

  1. Has obtained written exemption from CalRecycle.
  2. Keeps no more than a 1-month supply of tires as supplemental fuel.
  3. Complies with tire storage standards.

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Last updated: October 8, 2012
Tire Management http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Tires/
Northern California: Bill Albert. Central California: Gerri Stryker. Southern California: Paul Saldana.