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Scrap Tire Cleanups

Counties that become aware of illegal tire dumps may request reimbursement from the Solid Waste Section for funds to clean up the illegal tire dump. The Scrap Tire Program will reimburse the county for the costs of disposal of the tires. Transportation and hauling of tires from tire dumps will not be reimbursed. The following guidelines should be followed regarding a cleanup approval.

  1. An accurate count of the tires should be taken. If the count is less than 100 tires, invoices and receipts are not required for reimbursement.
  2. If the tire count is less than 2,000 but greater than 100, then send an email to Bill Patrakis ( or call (919) 723-8790 with the following information: Location, Property owner or Responsible Party, Number of tires, and explain the situation regarding the dump. In either case, approval from the Solid Waste Section is not required to proceed with cleanups.
  3. Pictures of before and after the cleanup must accompany the request for reimbursement for tire sites greater than 100 tires.
  4. If the site is discovered on private property, then it is the property owner's responsibility or other responsible person to clean up the site.
  5. If the amount of tires is estimated to be less than 2,000, the county should work directly with the responsible party to have the site cleaned up. The responsible party must use his/her own labor and transportation whenever possible.
  6. If the site is large (greater than 2,000 tires) and the violator is not the property owner or the violator is a repeat offender, the county may request assistance from a Senior Environmental Specialist.
  7. A cover sheet on county letterhead that outlines and summarizes the costs and provides an address to send the reimbursement check must accompany tire reimbursement requests along with invoices and receipts, if applicable.

When five tires or less are received at collection sites or are found, they should not be considered as illegal tire dumps. In these instances, tires should be handled as in the normal course of operations. If the county encounters a deficit due to the collection and processing of these tires, then the county may apply for a cost overrun grant to cover the cost of the deficit.

If you have questions, please contact Bill Patrakis at 919-723-8790 or