A Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Scrap and Used Tires

The Tire Management Unit conducts compliance inspections and enforces state regulations for scrap tire generators, used tire dealers, tire carriers and scrap tire processors and sorters. It also issues scrap and used tire generator identification numbers, tire carrier permits, responds to citizen complaints regarding illegal scrap tire dumps and takes enforcement action to ensure the tires are removed.

The Recovered Materials Unit issues scrap tire processor and sorter permits, approvals for out-of-state processors and landfills, and waivers for beneficial reuse projects and agricultural storage limits. It also manages the Local Government Scrap Tire Abatement Reimbursement Program and state-funded clean up of scrap tire dumps.

GEOS, the Georgia EPD Online System, is now available for all tire-related applications, quarterly report submissions and paying the tire fee.  

Common Scrap and Used Tire Questions

​How do I apply for a scrap tire generator identification number?  To begin, go to the GEOS web page and click "Create a new account" on the right side of the page. When creating your account, choose "Responsible Official" for your Account Group and "RO/Owner for Scrap Tire" for your Account Type. Next, you will be able to complete the Retail Tire Dealer/Scrap Tire Generator ID# Application. 

How do I get help registering in GEOS?  For help registering in GEOS, please refer to the appropriate guidance document

How do I get help with an application or quarterly report?  Please email your questions to epd.tire@dnr.ga.gov or call EPD at 404-362-2537.

How do I know if a tire carrier is permitted by EPD?  Please see the document "Permitted Tire Carriers" under Related Files below. 

How do I know if a scrap tire processor, retreader, sorter, or landfill is permitted or approved by EPD?  Please see the document "Approved/Permitted Scrap Tire Processors, Sorters, Retreaders and Landfills" under Related Files below.

How do I report an illegal tire dump?  To report a suspected illegal tire dump, or for other scrap or used tire complaints, please contact the compliance specialist for your county. 

What do I do if a tire carrier did not return the manifest within 30 days?  Please contact the compliance specialist for your county. 

Is funding available to clean up scrap tires?  Yes. Local governments and solid waste authorities can apply to the Local Government Scrap Tire Abatement Reimbursement Program for funding to cover the cost of transporting and processing scrap tires that have been removed from identified, state-listed dumps where the owner is either financially unable to clean up the tires, unknown, or the local government has determined that the property owner is a victim of illegal dumping. Funds are also available to remove tires dumped on city or county right-of-ways and for scrap tire amnesty events sponsored by a local government. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and awarded first come, first served, contingent on funding availability and demand. See the documents below for more information. If you have any questions, call EPD at 404-362-2537.

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