South Carolinians generate an estimated 4.6 million waste tires every year - about 12,600 per day. If improperly managed, waste tires pose a potential risk to human health and the environment. If recycled, waste tires can be made into many products or used as an alternative fuel source.
The S.C. Solid Waste Policy and Management Act of 1991 bans the disposal of whole tires in landfills and places a $2 fee on each new tire purchased. This fee is used to properly manage and recycle waste tires, reduce illegal dumping and encourage new uses for old tires.
Stockpiles of illegally dumped or stored tires collect rainwater and provide a breeding ground for mosquitoes that transmit illnesses. These piles also are a fire hazard. Tire fires - which are extremely difficult to extinguish - release toxic air pollutants and generate oil that can contaminate the ground and surface water. DHEC along with PalmettoPride and the S.C. Department of Natural Resources developed a campaign to encourage residents to report any illegal dumping of tires in their communities. For more information, visit See It, Report It.
Looking to improve the overall management of scrap tires, DHEC, in conjunction with stakeholders, has developed a three-year sustainability plan. The plan can be downloaded below.
Where can you recycle tires?
Recycling of waste tires for residents is easy and convenient. For more information visit Where Can You Recycle Tires?
Where can businesses recycle tires?