Illinois is recognized nationally as a leader in the management of used and
waste tires. The Illinois EPA's role in the management of used and waste tires
in Illinois is two phased. First, the Agency acts as a regulatory agency.
Illinois EPA regulates the generators, transporters, processors, and end users
of waste tires to ensure all are operating in compliance with applicable
statutes and regulations. Second, the Illinois EPA operates a cleanup program to
remove waste tires from dump sites. Both programs have been effective due in
part to the dedicated funding the legislature has provided through the $2.50 per tire user fee collected from retail customers.
Illinois EPA's Used Tire Program's Two Main Components
All facilities that handle used tires must comply with
Title XIV of the Environmental Protection Act and
the regulations governing used tire management standards found in
Ill. Adm. Code Part 848.
- All tire retailers in Illinois must submit a one-time Used Tire Notification
Form to the Illinois EPA.
- If a retailer is also a used tire storage site, they must submit an annual
Notification and Registration Form. The definition of Tire Storage
Site can be found in the requirements for storage
exemptions for tire retailers.
- Illinois tire retailers must collect a $2.50 per tire user fee from retail
tire customers. This fee must be stated as a distinct item on the invoice,
separate and apart from the selling price of the tire. The user fee does NOT
cover the disposal cost associated with the used tires generated at the retailer
location. Therefore, the retailer may assess a separate disposal charge for each
used tire accepted.
This fee must be submitted to the Illinois Dept. of Revenue in the form of a
quarterly tax return (ST-8 Form) less a collection allowance of 10 cents per
tire to be retained by the retailer. The user fee will be deposited into the
Used Tire Management Fund which is the funding source of the State of Illinois
Used Tire Management Program. Several state agencies (i.e. Illinois EPA, IL
Dept. of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, IL Dept. of Public Health) receive
money from the Used Tire Management Fund to operate their respective programs
related to used tires.
- The tire retailer must accept for recycling used tires from customers, at the
point of transfer, in a quantity equal to the number of new tires purchased.
- The tire retailer must post, in a conspicuous place, a written notice at
least 8.5 by 11 inches in size that includes the universal recycling symbol and
the following statements: "DO NOT put used tires in the trash Recycle your used tires"; and "State law requires us to accept used
tires for recycling in exchange for new tires purchased."
- A retailer who accepts used tires for recycling shall not allow the tires to
accumulate for a period of greater than 90 days.
- As a service to tire retailers, the Illinois EPA provides a list of
commercial used tire transporters and used tire processors.
- Any person who transports more than 20 used tires in Illinois must
register the vehicle(s) with the Illinois EPA and display a placard on each
Storage Facilities/ProcessorsAll used tire storage facilities and used tire processors must file an annual
Notification and Registration Form with the Illinois EPA.
- Although it is the least common, the most important activity carried out by the Used
Tire Program is forced tire removals. The Illinois EPA has authority under
section 55.3. of the Environmental Protection Act to undertake appropriate
preventive or corrective actions when an accumulation of used tires presents
a threat to the environment or public health.
the responsible (liable) party does not undertake the preventative/corrective actions outlined in
a notice issued pursuant to
Section 55.3.d of the Environmental Protection Act, then the Illinois EPA
may recover costs associated with the cleanup as well as punitive damages up
to twice the cost of the cleanup.
The Used Tire Program also has a Consensual Removal Program. Under this plan, the
Illinois EPA conducts used and waste tire removals at individuals' properties
throughout Illinois. The Illinois EPA will remove up to 1000 tires at a site
at no cost to the property owner. If more than 1000 waste tires are
present, the Illinois EPA will remove the last 1000 waste tires after the owner
removes those in excess of 1000. If you are interested in
participating in this program, you can download an individual Consensual
Removal Agreement form.
Units of Local Government
The Used Tire Program conducts waste tire removal actions for units of local
government (ULG) throughout Illinois. These removal actions are designed to
assist ULGs with the proper disposal of waste tires that are illegally dumped on
public or abandoned properties. The Illinois EPA also works with the ULGs to
ensure that actions are taken on the local level to prevent and enforce against
the illegal dumping of used and waste tires in their jurisdiction. These removal
actions are conducted by request from the ULG and are an integral part of the
Illinois EPA’s Used/Waste Tire Cleanup Program.