ShapeRectangle 2ShapeXXnote2clipboardclockcredit@2xGroupShapeShapeShapeGroup 2GroupHeart - FontAwesomeGroupinstagram@2x (1)magnifying47map-markerGroupphoneShapesocial-pinterest-outlineGroupribbon001-test-tubeShapeShapesocial-youtube-outline

Fact Sheet: Scrap Tires

Home  >  Resources  >  Fact Sheets  >  Fact Sheet: Scrap Tires
Fact Sheets
Fact Sheet: Animal Quarantine
Fact Sheet: Backflow & Backflow Devices
Fact Sheet: Bed Bugs
Fact Sheet: Bedbug Guidelines for Travelers and Public Accommodation Facility Guests
Fact Sheet: Blue-Green Algae/Cyanobacteria Harmful Algal Bloom (HABs) Physician Reference
Fact Sheet: Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps
Fact Sheet: Church Festival Food Safety
Fact Sheet: Cleaning up After Flood & Sewer Backups
Fact Sheet: Cockroaches
Fact Sheet: Collector Line Tips
Fact Sheet: Commercial Waste Handling and Good House Keeping
Fact Sheet: Connecting to Sewers
Fact Sheet: Cottage Food Operation
Fact Sheet: Dangers of Extreme Cold
Fact Sheet: Daycare Control Measures for Prevention of Communicable Diseases
Fact Sheet: Emergency Pet Kit
Fact Sheet: Extreme Heat
Fact Sheet: Farm Markets
Fact Sheet: Farmers’ Markets
Fact Sheet: Fight the Bite – Facts About Zika Virus
Fact Sheet: Financial Aid for Sewer Connections and Septic System Replacement
Fact Sheet: Fish Fry Food Safety
Fact Sheet: Flood Safety
Fact Sheet: Flooding in a Food Service Operation
Fact Sheet: Food Safety During Power Outages
Fact Sheet: Food Safety When Eating Out
Fact Sheet: Frozen Pipes
Fact Sheet: Gastroenteritis and Norovirus
Fact Sheet: Gastroenteritis in a Retirement/Assisted Living Facility
Fact Sheet: Get Rid of Roaches
Fact Sheet: Guide to Mosquito Control & Mosquito-borne Illnesses
Fact Sheet: Guidelines For Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection of Norovirus
Fact Sheet: Guidelines for Handling Bed Bugs in a School
Fact Sheet: Guidelines for Social Workers, Home Health Care Nurses, and In Home Visitors
Fact Sheet: Guidelines for the Control of a Suspected or Confirmed Outbreak of Viral Gastroenteritis in a Nursing Home
Fact Sheet: Hamilton County Public Health Flood Fact Sheet
Fact Sheet: Hand Washing
Fact Sheet: Handling Water from Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs
Fact Sheet: Heat
Fact Sheet: Hepatitis A
Fact Sheet: Home Aeration Units – Cavitette
Fact Sheet: Home Aeration Units – Coate Aer
Fact Sheet: Home Aeration Units – JET
Fact Sheet: Home Aeration Units – Multi-Flo
Fact Sheet: Home Aeration Units – Oldham
Fact Sheet: Home Swimming Pools
Fact Sheet: Homeowner’s Plumbing Permit
Fact Sheet: Household Sewage Treatment System Tips
Fact Sheet: Household Sewage Treatment Systems & Power Outages
Fact Sheet: How Germs Spread
Fact Sheet: How to be Safe Around Animals
Fact Sheet: Itch Mites
Fact Sheet: Keeping Food Safe During an Emergency
Fact Sheet: Leachfields
Fact Sheet: Lead Poisoning
Fact Sheet: Lice
Fact Sheet: Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Sureus (MRSA)
Fact Sheet: Mold and Mildew
Fact Sheet: MRSA in a Prison Setting
Fact Sheet: Norovirus in Schools
Fact Sheet: Ohio EPA Semi-Public Sewage Disposal System Inspection Program
Fact Sheet: Privacy Practices, Our Legal Duty
Fact Sheet: Private Water System Testing
Fact Sheet: Rabies & Bats
Fact Sheet: Rodent Control
Fact Sheet: Scrap Tires
Fact Sheet: Septic System Abandonment and Sanitary Sewer Connection
Fact Sheet: Septic Systems – AdvanTex AX20 Treatment System
Fact Sheet: Septic Systems – Septic Tanks
Fact Sheet: Septic Systems – Subsurface Sandfilters
Fact Sheet: Sewage Treatment System Owners
Fact Sheet: Sewer Back-ups
Fact Sheet: Storm Drain Overflow
Fact Sheet: Stormwater Pollution and Yard Waste
Fact Sheet: Sump Pumps
Fact Sheet: Tattoos and Piercings
Fact Sheet: Vacuum Sealing + Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP)
Fact Sheet: Waste Disposal
Fact Sheet: Water Heater Permits and Inspections
Fact Sheet: Well Disinfection
Fact Sheet: When Do I Need a Plumbing Permit?
Fact Sheet: Whooping Cough
FOI Requests
Partner & Public Health Research


Scrap Tires

Each year more than 12 million scrap tires are generated in Ohio. Scrap tires pose a health concern because they often hold water and are the perfect place for mosquitoes to breed. Mosquitoes can carry and transmit dangerous diseases such as West Nile Virus and various types of encephalitis.


What is a Scrap Tire?

The Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) defines a scrap tire as “any unwanted or discarded tire, regardless of size, that has been removed from its original use.” A scrap tire is any tire that has been removed from its original use and includes all whole scrap tires and pieces of scrap tires. Scrap tires include used tires that are still considered of value whether mounted on a rim or not.


What is a Scrap Tire Generator?

A scrap tire generator is any individual or business that removes tires from vehicles or stores tires removed from vehicles. This includes individual citizens, retail tire dealers; service stations, tire retreading businesses, and motor vehicle salvage dealers. As long as certain conditions are met generators do not have to register as a scrap tire facility. In order to maintain this unlicensed status the generator must do the following:

  • Store scrap tires appropriately
  • Only use transporters who are registered by the Ohio EPA


Scrap Tire Shipping Papers

A scrap tire transporter registered with the Ohio EPA must be used for all shipments of scrap tires. Section 3734.83(C) of the Ohio Revised Code states that “… no person who possesses scrap tires shall cause them to be transported by any person who is not registered as a transporter…” Shipping papers must be used each time a transporter picks up scrap tires from any source. All parties to the scrap tire transaction must retain copies of the shipping papers for a minimum of three years. Copies of the shipping papers may be used by the generator to show that they are in compliance with ORC 3734.83(C).


Scrap Tire Storage

Scrap tire generators that have one hundred or fewer scrap tires on the premises must store the scrap tires so as not to cause a nuisance, a hazard to public health, or a fire hazard. To avoid causing a nuisance, scrap tire generators must store tires in such a way so as to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes. The following methods of mosquito control are acceptable to Hamilton County Public Health for facilities with less than 100 scrap tires:

  • Store all tires indoors or in closed containers.
  • Cover the scrap tires in such a way that no water collects in the tires.
  • Have a transporter registered with the Ohio EPA pick up the facility’s scrap tires on a weekly basis.
  • Treat the scrap tires with a pesticide or larvicide, which is registered for use as mosquito control by the Ohio

Department of Agriculture. Some of these pesticides/larvacides may require using a certified pesticide applicator licensed by the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Additional mosquito control records are also required to be maintained if this option is used.


Additional Information

This document is only a summary of the major requirements of the scrap tire rules and the following sections of the Ohio Revised Code and the Ohio Administrative Code should be read in their entirety. Ohio Revised Code 3734 Ohio Administrative Code 3745-27-01 Ohio Administrative Code 3745-27-54 through 3745-27-79 Additional fact sheets, a list of registered transporters, and links to the Ohio Revised Code and the Ohio Administrative Code can be found at Ohio EPA’s Division of Solid and Infectious Waste website –



If you have questions about scrap tires or you would like to report improper storage/disposal of scrap tires contact the Waste Management Division of Hamilton County Public Health at (513)-946-7879.


Download a printable version of this fact sheet here.


250 William Howard Taft Road
2nd Floor, Cincinnati, OH 45219
Phone 513.946.7800 Fax 513.946.7890