Waste Resources and Recycling

Waste Tire Recycling Program

The responsibility of our department is to ensure that all waste tires are recycled and/ or properly disposed of as outlined by the State of Arizona.

Another goal set forth by the department is to become a leader and model for other states and counties that are responsible for managing a Waste Tire Program. The Department seeks to provide education and information in all aspects of the Waste Tire Program.

Any individual or company that generates waste tires in Maricopa County and utilizes the Maricopa County Waste Tire Collection Site for proper disposal is required to register with us.

Are there any restrictions to the types of tires accepted at the collection sites?
Yes. Tires cannot be on rims, encased with dirt or other contaminates, and generated or collected from outside of Maricopa County.

Definitions

"Motor Vehicle" means any automobile, motorcycle, truck, trailer, semi trailer, truck tractor and semi-trailer, combination or other vehicle operated on the roads of this state, used to transport persons or property and propelled by power other than muscular power, but motor vehicle does not include traction engines, vehicles that run only on a track, bicycles or mopeds.

"Off road motor vehicle" (non-program) means any automobile, motorcycle, truck, trailer, semi-trailer, truck tractor and semi-trailer combination, heavy equipment used in mining or metallurgical operations, agriculture, construction or earth moving activities and propelled by power other than muscular power but off road motor vehicle does not include traction engines, vehicles that run only on a track, bicycles or mopeds.

"Waste tire" means a tire that is no longer suitable for its original intended purpose because of wear, damage or defect.

How to apply for a tire permit

There are three ways to apply:

  1. Complete the form and email it to McCartneyr@mail.maricopa.gov
  2. Fax the application to 480-888-2706
  3. Apply in person at the Maricopa County Waste Tire Collection Facility

There are two types of permits: A Regular Permit for New and Used Tire Dealers which is good for one full calendar year, and a Special Permit for a one-time cleanup of illegally discarded waste tires and is valid for 30 days.

What you need to apply for a Waste Tire Permit

  1. Tire Dealers must attach a copy of your Business License along with your permit application. If you have more than one location, you must list each location in your application before you utilize the facilities.
  2. New Tire Dealers are required to submit a copy of their TR-1 with the tire permit application.
  3. All residents will need their County Assessor Parcel Number on the application and a photocopy of their AZ D.L. OR I.D. with your permit application.

Before you bring the tires to drop off...

  1. Make sure you have your completed waste tire disposal manifest, one for each place of business or each resident you collected tires from to the Tire Recycling Facility. The manifest is mandatory and your tire load will be rejected without proper paperwork.
  2. Bring a copy of the generator permit to the Tire Recycling facility. The permit is required to dispose of your tires.
  3. Tires must be generated within Maricopa County.
  4. Make sure your tires are removed from the rims and not encased with dirt.
  5. Shredded, burnt, cut, or encased with dirt tires are not accepted.
  6. Residents may dispose of a maximum of 50 waste tires per year.
  7. You must follow all posted rules at the disposal site.

Residents can drop off up to 5 car and/or truck tires per visit at any of our transfer stations.

Southeast Waste Tire Collection Site (map)
11400 E. Pecos Rd.
Queen Creek, Arizona 85242
480-987-2498

Monday — Saturday
6:00 AM — 4:00 PM
Closed on Sundays and Holidays

Retail Tire Dealer On-Road Tires
New or Used Fee
Whole On-road Tires (as the business generates) $0 / Ton
Whole Off-road Tires $140 / Ton
Mixed Load / Size Reduced / Shredded / Pieces or Parts $140 / Ton
General Public / Non-Tire Dealer On-Road Tires
New or Used Fee
0-50 Whole On-road Tires / YR — (1x per year per resident) $0 / Ton
50+ Whole On-road Tires / YR $84 / Ton
Whole Off-road Tires $140 / Ton
Mixed Load / Size Reduced / Shredded / Pieces or Parts $140 / Ton