Local Government Scrap Tire Abatement Reimbursement

STAR Participation by County FY15 through FY22
Since the start of the program, 911,459 passenger tire equivalents (PTEs) have been removed and recycled statewide. Local governments have been reimbursed more than $2.3 million to cover the costs of removing, transporting, and processing the tires.

Notice: Please note that applications and reports for this program are now only being accepted via email to [email protected].

EPD is committed to cleaning up scrap tires in Georgia and encourages local governments to assist with this effort by applying to the Local Government Scrap Tire Abatement Reimbursement (STAR) Program. Cities, counties, and solid waste management authorities are eligible for this program that covers the costs of removing, transporting, and processing scrap tires cleaned up from scrap tire dumps; removed from city and county right-of-ways; and collected during scrap tire amnesty events. 

The program is funded through the Solid Waste Trust Fund, which is itself funded by a fee on the sale of new tires in Georgia. EPD's Recovered Materials Unit administers the STAR program to assist local governments with the safe removal and recycling of scrap tires. 

Beneficial Reuse of Scrap Tires

All tires collected through the STAR program must be taken to an permitted or approved  Download this pdf file. beneficial reuse scrap tire processor  for recycling. Local governments have the option to remove tires collected by the the selected processor or a Download this pdf file. permitted tire carrier . If tires are carried by a company others than a beneficial reuse processor, those tires must be taken to an beneficial reuse processor. It is the responsibility of the local government to maintain manifests that show tires generated at cleanups are recycled. 

How can I learn more about the STAR program and tire cleanups?

Start by reviewing the Download this pdf file. general STAR program guidelines . If you are interested in hosting a scrap tire amnesty event, please see the FAQs below right and the amnesty event guidelines below. If you have any questions, call the Recovered Materials Unit at 404-362-2537.

Scrap Tire Amnesty FAQs

Find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions EPD receives about planning and hosting a scrap tire amnesty event.

How do I apply to the STAR program?

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and awarded first-come, first-served, contingent on funding availability and demand. See below for applications and required reporting forms:  


What if I collect more tires than estimated?

EPD realizes that the information in your original STAR application and project agreement is based on estimates and sometimes, those estimates will be off. If this happens, notify EPD as soon as possible and submit an amendment application. The guidelines and application below are for amnesty events and/or right-of-way projects. 


How do I report a suspected tire dump?

To report a suspected tire dump, or for other scrap or used tire complaints, please contact the EPD compliance specialist for your county or call (404) 362-2537.