OLD TIRES — Whole tires are banned by law from landfills in the State of Missouri. Tires can be quartered or cut circumferentially (like a bagel) and landfilled. They can be recycled by any Scrap Tire Processor. Tires must be brought directly to a processor, a tire dealer or hauled by a permitted tire hauler in Missouri. Any retail store that sells tires must be willing to take at least the same number of used or scrap tires at the time of purchase for a fee, usually about $2.00 for a standard passenger car tire. This fee is to cover the retailer’s costs. There are also regulations on the number of tires that can be legally stored, and how they must be stored safely. See 10 CSR 80-8 or R.S. Mo 260.270 which can be found on line at: Scrap Tire Rules & Scrap Tire Laws
NEW TIRES — For every tire sold retail there is a 50¢ per tire fee charged. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources uses these funds to enforce the scrap tire laws, and to fund cleanup of scrap tire piles. So far over 12 million passenger tire equivalents (PTE) have been collected. (PTE = total weight of tires in pounds divided by 20 pounds, or the average weight of a passenger tire). Four million PTE were removed from one site in Callaway County alone. So far nearly 400 sites have been cleaned up with these funds. The $0.50 fee was reinstated in 2009 by the General Assembly. MMSWMD does not use this fee for our tire collections or cleanups but non-profit groups like Stream Teams can!! Call 573-751-5401 or click here for more information.