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Best management practices to properly manage tires

Keep them dry. The best practice is to store tires so that they do not collect water. Help protect the health of your neighbors by using the following methods to keep tires dry:

  • Store indoors;
  • Use enclosed trailers;
  • Place tarps on outdoor storage piles; and
  • Regularly transport tires for recycling.

Tires must be stored in a way that prevents mosquitoes from breeding

Inspect the casings - particularly if tires are stored unprotected outdoors - for water. If found, empty the water. If you found mosquito larvae, consider storing the tires indoors or in another area protected from rainfall. Arrange to have them picked up and recycled as soon as possible. In some cases, it may be necessary to spray for mosquitoes until the tires are removed for recycling. Always follow the directions for pesticide application. Clemson University's Department of Pesticide Regulation provides information on chemicals, application, licensing and more at www.clemson.edu/public/regulatory/pesticide-regulation.

How and where to recycle your waste tires

Many counties have collection centers available to businesses. Call your county recycling coordinator about opportunities in your area. All county program contact information is available at www.scdhec.gov/recyclehereSC.

Permitted tire recyclers will collect tires for recycling and registered waste tire haulers will deliver your tires to permitted locations. For a list of registered waste tire haulers, visit here.

Is a permit required?

Many waste tire management activities do require a permit or registration. For more information, visit here.

There are special requirements that apply to businesses that sell new tires. For more information, visit here.