It is illegal in Vermont to landfill or stockpile tires.
What should I do with my tires?
- If the tires are still usable, try selling or giving them away on Front Porch Forum, Craigslist, or the local classified ads. Or, put them out on your lawn with a "Free" or "For Sale" sign.
- Bring old tires to a Wheels for Warmth collection event (typically held in the fall). Tires will be resold if they are safe for use and recycled if they are not. Proceeds go toward emergency heating assistance programs for Vermonters.
- When you buy new tires, ask your retailer to dispose of your old tires. All tire retailers will take scrap tires for a fee of typically $3-5/tire.
- Contact your local Waste District or Town to find a transfer station or recycling center near you that accepts tires for a fee.
- If you have a large quantity of tires (~100 or more), contact these tire haulers/recyclers permitted to work in Vermont. Do not contract with an upermitted "tire jockey."
What else can I do?
Scrap tires are used in playgrounds, as swings, as planters, and for similar benign applications. Other uses of whole scrap tires, particularly large quantities, are generally not allowed. If you have an idea for a beneficial use of whole scrap tires, please contact the Solid Waste Management Program first.
Why are tires banned from the landfill?
Tires do not compress well in landfills and can trap methane gas, causing them to, eventually, “float” up to the surface, disrupting the landfill as they move. If they are left in large piles, tires can trap heat and become fire hazards. Tire piles can also trap water and become breeding grounds for mosquitos. Also, scrap tires can be burned for energy, recycled for use in other rubber products, added to pavement, shredded and used as a drainage medium, and otherwise beneficially reused. Landfilling tires would be a waste of a resource.