Waste Tire Program

In 1990, the California Legislature enacted comprehensive requirements for the storage and disposal of waste tires. These requirements address potential fire and health risks posed by the growing number of tire piles in California. As a result of these statutes, the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) adopted regulations for the permitting of waste tire facilities.

The City of San Bernardino has worked closely with the Tire Enforcement Unit of the CIWMB to develop a State grant funded Waste Tire Program that compliments the State's Tire Management Program. The objectives of the program are to closely monitor enforcement at the City level and to increase community awareness of current State laws and regulations.

What is a Waste Tire?

A waste tire is a tire that has been removed from the wheel of a vehicle and it is no longer suitable for its original intended purpose due to wear, damage or defect per PRC §42807. This includes used tires stored for the purpose of resale.

Regulatory Authority

Pursuant to Public Resources Code (PRC) §42811, the CIWMB is the sole authority in the enforcement of the waste tire standards. This statute does not preclude Local Enforcement Agencies from enforcing more stringent local ordinances to persons or businesses involved in the storage, stockpiling, processing, or disposing of waste tires.

The Waste Tire Statutes and Regulations authorize the CIWMB to regulate . . .

  • Generators of waste tires
  • Transportation of waste tires
  • Storage and disposal of waste tires

Waste Tire Generator Requirements

Generators of waste tires are required to . . .

  • Release waste tires to only registered waste tire haulers

  • Maintain waste tire manifests and records for at least three years

Waste Tire Hauler Requirements

Any person who transports five (5) or more waste tires is required to be registered as a waste tire hauler.

Haulers of waste tires are required to . . .

  • Register annually with the CIWMB

  • Post $10,000 bond

  • Have a waste tire manifest in possession while transporting waste tires

  • Transport waste tires to a landfill, permitted waste tire facility, or another authorized facility

  • Return completed manifest to generator if requested

Waste Tire Facility Requirements

A location which accumulates waste tires for resale, processing, storage, or disposal is a waste tire facility. Waste tire facilities are classified based upon the volume of waste tires being stockpiled at the location.

Major Waste Tire Facility
5,000 or more waste tires stored, stockpiled, accumulated, or discarded at any time.

Minor Waste Tire Facility
500 or more but less than 5,000 waste tires stored, stockpiled, accumulated, or discarded at any time.

Major and Minor Waste Tire Facilities are required to meet certain storage standards. These include . . .

Fire Prevention Measures (12 CCR § 17351)

  • Communication equipment

  • Telephone

Fire Control equipment

  • Dry chemical fire extinguisher

  • 2 1/2 gallon water extinguisher

  • Pike pole at least 10 feet in length

  • Round point and square point shovels

Adequate water supply

  • 1,000 gpm for 3 hours

  • 2,000 gpm for 3 hours if 10,000 or more tires are present

Facility Access and Security (14 CCR § 17352)

Signs

  • Signs shall state the name of the operator, operating hours and site rules

  • Signs shall be posted at the facility entrance

Attendant

  • An attendant shall be present when the facility is open for business

Access

  • Access road maintained
  • Unauthorized access strictly controlled by fencing or other means

Vector Control Measures (14 CCR § 17353)

Waste tires must be stored in a manner which prevents the breeding and harborage of mosquitoes, rodents, and other vectors by . . .

  • covering with impermeable barriers

  • use of treatments or methods to prevent or eliminate vector breeding as approved by the local vector control authority

Fire Department Tire Storage Permit (San Bernardino MC 15.16.020 and 15.16.095)

Fire department permits are required " to use an open area or portion thereof to store tires in excess of 1,000 cubic feet." See section 1103.3.6 of Uniform Fire Code, 1994 Edition.

The storage of waste tires in the City of San Bernardino cannot exceed 2,500 square feet of contiguous area and cannot exceed 25,000 cubic feet in volume or 10 feet in height. (CFC § 1103.36.2).

Contact for further information about required fire permits:

City of San Bernardino Fire Department
Fire Prevention Division
200 East Third Street
San Bernardino, CA 92418
909.384.5388

Storage of Waste Tires (14 CCR § 17354)

Waste Tire Storage Units shall . . .

  • not exceed 6 feet in height when within 20 feet of any property line

  • not be located within 10 feet of any property line

  • be separated from vegetation and other potentially flammable materials (inner tubes) by no less than 40 feet

  • have accessible fire lanes between storage units must be unobstructed at all times

  • have surface water drainage directed around and away from storage area

  • not be stored on surfaces with grades that interfere with fire fighting equipment or personnel unless approved by the local fire authority or a registered fire safety engineer

  • have tires removed from rims immediately upon arrival at the facility

  • be placed on a site constructed to provide protection of pyrolytic oil resulting from a potential tire fire

New Waste Tire Facilities

Additionally, new waste tire facilities shall not . . .

  • be located in 100 year flood plain unless migration of waste tires off site can be adequately controlled

  • be located on sites with grades or other physical features that will interfere with fire fighting equipment or personnel

What are the Penalties for violating the Law?

PRC §42850 allows the CIWMB to impose penalties of up to $10,000 per violation for each day out of compliance. The penalties may be imposed in civil court or administratively.

PRC §42825 makes it a misdemeanor to accept waste tires at a major waste tire facility without a permit or to knowingly direct or transport waste tires to an unpermitted facility. Conviction is punishable by up to one year in the county jail and/or a fine of not less than $1,000 but not greater than $10,000 for each day of violation.

PRC §42835 makes it a misdemeanor to accept waste tires at a minor waste tire facility without a permit or to knowingly direct or transport waste tires to an unpermitted facility. Conviction is punishable by up to one year in the county jail and/or fine of not less than $500 but no greater than $5,000 for each day of violation.

Vehicle Code §31560 makes it an infraction for any person to transport five (5) or more waste tires without a valid waste tire hauler registration (issued by CIWMB) or the appropriate waste tire manifest.

Penal Code §374.3 (e) makes it an infraction for any person to dispose of waste tires on private lands or public highways. Upon conviction, penalties for disposal of waste tires are to be no less than $200 and no more than $2,000. If it can be established that commercial quantities were disposed, the violation becomes a misdemeanor which is punishable by no more than 6 months in county jail and a trebled fine.

Waste Tire Collection Service Program

The City of San Bernardino Refuse & Recycling Division provides a service for the collection, manifesting, and disposal of waste tires. This service is available to any commercial establishment that generates waste tires for disposal as part of their business activities. The rate for tire disposal is $1.00 per tire.

Who do I contact for more information?

For Waste Tire Enforcement information, or to file a complaint, contact Public Works Customer Service at 909.384.5335.