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Waste tires must be recycled – It’s the law!

The S.C. Solid Waste Policy and Management Act of 1991 bans the disposal of whole waste tires in solid waste landfills. Residents have several options to recycle tires.

  • Most new tire retailers accept old tires from customers and, in turn, ensure the old tires are recycled. Residents are encouraged to check with a retailer before buying tires.
  • All counties have collection programs that accept a minimal number of tires – usually about five at one time – at local drop-off recycling locations. To find a location near you, visit
  • Many counties offer single-day collection events for various materials and may accept waste tires. Visit to check with your county recycling coordinator on possible events.

Be careful storing tires at home

Drain and recycle waste tires stored at home to avoid mosquitoes. To learn more about preventing mosquitoes, visit here.

Why am I paying a $2 tire fee?

The S.C. Solid Waste Policy and Management Act of 1991 imposes a $2 fee per new tire sold to ensure that tires are properly managed and recycled. The statute imposes the fee on motor vehicle, trailer and motorcycle tires whether or not the tire is mounted by the seller.

Do your part - Report It!

Tire dumping and unpermitted storage of waste tires should be reported. Here are the two primary contacts:

  • Your local litter enforcement office: Visit and click on Select Your County on the bar at the top of the page;
  • Your local DHEC office: Visit here and click on File Pollution Complaint.