The information presented in this fact sheet is intended to provide a general overview of some of the requirements for managing used tires. It is to be used as a compliance assistance tool and does not replace statutory or regulatory requirements.
In early 1992, new regulations were established regarding used tires in Illinois. At a minimum, Illinois law requires businesses that store over 50 used tires on their property to so notify the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA).
A "used tire" is a worn, damaged, or defective tire that is not mounted on a vehicle wheel rim.
If a business does not qualify for an exemption under the law, it must also register with the Illinois EPA. A registration form and a $100.00 fee must be submitted annually.
To notify or register, call the Illinois EPA Used Tire Unit at (217) 785-8604.
Businesses may qualify for an exemption from the registration, fee and other storage requirements if they store used tires:
Businesses that store more than 250 used tires outside or 1,300 used tires inside should call the Illinois EPA Used Tire Unit for further assistance.
Only tire transporters registered with Illinois EPA may haul used tires in Illinois. Businesses that generate used tires must have their tires hauled by registered tire transporters. Records should also be maintained to document the dates of used tire removal and numbers of used tires removed from a site.
A registered used tire transporter must have a company-specific five digit registration number on both sides of the permitted vehicle. The registration number will appear below the words "Registered Tire Transporter", and above an expiration seal which shall designate the date on which the registration shall expire.
Contact Illinois EPA Used Tire Unit for a list of registered used tire transporters in your area.
Tire retailers are required by law to:
Illinois EPA Office of Small Business Environmental Help Line
toll free at (888) EPA-1996
Illinois EPA Used Tire Unit (217) 785-8604