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Maryland State Government Maryland Department of the Environment

Maryland's Scrap Tire Program 

(Authorization Environmental Article 9-228, Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) 26.04.08)

Ever wonder why you pay a $.80 recycling fee when you buy a tire in Maryland? Funds collected from the tire fee support the Maryland Department of the Environment's (MDE) Scrap Tire Program that is dedicated to ensuring the cleanup of illegal scrap tire stockpiles and to managing the collection, transportation, recycling, and processing of the scrap tires generated in Maryland. A scrap tire is a tire that can no longer be used for its original purpose.  Scrap tires, because of their size, shape and associated environmental hazards, present both difficult and costly disposal and recycling challenges for the entities responsible for overseeing their management.

Consider that the average American family owns two cars with four tires each needing to be replaced every two years. In Maryland, that adds up to almost 5.5 million new scrap tires each year requiring proper disposal. Since the inception of the Scrap Tire Recycling Act, MDE has successfully recovered over 9 million scrap tires from illegal stockpiles. Any person who transports, collects, processes, recycles, disposes, incinerates, or utilizes scrap tires as tire derived fuel will require the appropriate license.

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Scrap Tire Program

Scrap Tire Recycling Facilities and Haulers Listing

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For questions about MDE's Scrap Tire Program, please call 410-537-3314

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