Arkansas Waste Tire Program

Solid Waste Management Division - Programs Branch

Elizabeth Hoover, Environmental Program Coordinator - (501) 682-0585
Cassie Kent, Administrative Analyst - (501) 682-0591

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General Information

Arkansas is divided into 18 Regional Solid Waste Management Districts. These 18 regional districts are solid waste service areas.

Most of the districts work in conjunction with one of the eight planning and development districts. All the districts either manage their own waste tires or join together with other districts to form what is known as "Waste Tire Management Districts" which oversee collection, transportation, recycling, disposal, and waste tire site abatement projects within the service areas.

The infrastructure of the Waste Tire Program is financed by waste tire fees collected by tire retailers from the consumer each time a new tire is purchased in Arkansas.  Tire dealers collect and pay the fees in monthly to the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, which deposits proceeds of the fees into the Waste Tire Grant Fund.

The Waste Tire Grant Fund is administered by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), which implements a grant program to finance the waste tire activities of the Regional Solid Waste Management Boards.

Becoming A Registered Tire Dealer
(Fee Collecting Agent)

Waste Tire Fees are collected by registered tire retailers or fee collecting agents for the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (DF&A).

For additional information, contact the Miscellaneous Tax Section, DF&A, at 501-682-7196.

Waste Tire Fees

A $2.00 fee is collected on all new motor vehicles sold at retail. This fee is utilized as follows:

  • The tire dealer keeps 5% or 10 cents.
  • The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (DF&A) keeps 3% or 6 cents.
  • ADEQ keeps 8% or 15 cents.
  • 10% or 17 cents is placed into the abatement and support grant fund.
  • The balance of $1.52 is distributed to Regional Solid Waste Management Districts.
    (The Districts keep up to 10% for their administrative costs, and the remainder is used to manage the waste tires within their respective districts.)
  • View the Auto and Truck Tire Fees Flow Chart(PDF)

A statewide mandatory additional truck tire fee of $3.00 is collected on all new truck tires with a rim size greater than twenty inches (20) and a load rating of E or higher. This fee is utilized as follows:

  • The tire dealer keeps 5% or 15 cents
  • The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (DF&A) keeps 3% or 9 cents
  • The balance of $2.76 is distributed to Regional Solid Waste Management Districts.
    (The Districts keep up to 10% for their administrative costs, and the remainder is used to manage the waste tires within their respective districts.)
  • View the additional Truck Tire Fees(PDF)

Waste Tire Grant General Information

From funds collected, $5,020,757.26 was distributed in FY2013 to regional solid waste management boards for waste tire management.

Total grant dollars disbursed during FY2013 included:

  • $3,745,708.00 - Waste Tire Management Funds
  • $628,620.66 - Additional Truck Tire Funds
  • $646,428.60 - Support Funds

Waste Tire Grant Forms

  • WTG-1 Waste Tire Management and Truck Tire Grant Application, (PDF) / (Word)
  • WTG-2 Waste Tire Abatement Grant Application, (PDF) / (Word)
  • WTG-3 Waste Tire Support Grant Application, (PDF) / (Word)
  • WTG-4 Waste Tire Support Grant Quarterly Worksheet, (PDF) / (Excel)
  • WTG-5 Waste Tire Program Quarterly Progress Report, (PDF) / (Excel)
  • WTG-6 Waste Tire Grant Change Order Form, (PDF) / (Word)

Waste Tire Disposition

Currently, waste tires may be monofilled, but landfilled only if the tires are split, or shredded. In Arkansas, most waste tires are used for tire derived fuel, shredded or baled for use in civil engineering applications, or monofilled.

Licensing of Waste Tire Transporters

Unless exempted by Regulation 14, anyone transporting 25 or more waste tires upon the roadways of the state is required to be licensed as a waste tire transporter by ADEQ.

Permitting of Waste Tire Collection Centers

Waste tire sites with a storage capacity of 1,000 or more tires must be permitted by ADEQ.

Permitting of Waste Tire Processing Facilities

Waste tire processing facilities must be permitted by ADEQ.