Tire Management

Scrap and Used Tire FAQs

Find answers to common questions about scrap and used tires, including how to report an illegal tire dump and how local governments can apply for tire cleanup funds. 

Tire Management Unit

The Tire Management Unit (TMU) is responsible for enforcing state regulations for scrap tire generators, tire carriers, scrap tire sorters, and illegal tire disposal sites.

Permits and Approvals

The TMU reviews applications to issue scrap tire generator identification numbers, used tire dealer identification numbers, tire carrier permits, and tire sorter permits.

The unit reviews applications for retreaders and out-of-state points of final disposition for scrap tires. The TMU also issues Agricultural Waivers for scrap tire storage for agricultural purposes.


The unit conducts routine and follow-up inspections, reviews quarterly report submittals, tire fee submittals, and responds to citizen complaints regarding scrap tires. When deemed necessary, compliance specialists take enforcement action to ensure regulatory compliance and facilitate the removal of illegally disposed tires.

Recovered Materials Unit

Permits and Approvals

The Recovered Materials Unit (RMU) issues scrap tire processor permits and approvals for beneficial reuse projects. It also conducts compliance inspections and enforces state regulations for scrap tire processors.

Scrap Tire Abatement & Recycling

The RMU manages the Solid Waste Trust Fund Grant Program, funded by a fee on the sale of new tires in Georgia, is used to clean up scrap tires and support statewide recycling initiatives, including scrap tire abatement, recycling, and market development with the Tire Products Grant, the Local Government Scrap Tire Abatement Reimbursement Program, and state-led tire abatement contracts.