Waste Tire Enforcement Program
With funding from the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB), the City of Berkeley's Waste Tire Enforcement Program (WTEP) informs Berkeley businesses about laws that affect them and helps monitor and ensure compliance with State waste tire regulations. By working with businesses, property owners and other agencies, the City hopes to reduce illegal dumping of waste tires, and improve the quality of life in Berkeley.
To respond to the fire, health, and environmental risks posed by the growing number of tire piles in California, the State Legislature enacted comprehensive requirements for the storage, transport, and disposal of waste tires. As a result of these statutes, the CIWMB adopted regulations for waste tire facilities and haulers. The CIWMB is working with cities and counties statewide--in part by awarding enforcement grants--to make sure that all waste tire businesses know about and are complying with the regulations.
Overview of Regulations
California's laws governing waste tires are in the Public Resources Code (Division 30, Part 3, Chapters 16 and 19) and in the California Code of Regulations (Title 14, Division 7, Chapter 3).
How does this affect your business?
- Tire-generating businesses will be inspected
Inspectors will visit every tire-generating business in Berkeley periodically to:
- review waste tire manifest and permits.
- look for compliance with waste tire regulations.
The inspector will also ask questions about the number of tires generated and how they are stored and removed. If violations are noted, the inspector will issue a notice describing the violation and how it must be corrected.
- Violations will be reported
Violations of waste tire regulations--from not keeping waste tire disposal manifests onsite, to maintaining hazardous conditions--will be reported to the State. Violations of the Berkeley Municipal Code will be reported to the appropriate division. If other violations are suspected, such as mismanaged hazardous materials or illegal storm water discharges, they will be reported to the appropriate division for follow-up.
- Enforcement action will be taken
Failure to abate violations can subject businesses to fees and penalties. Hauling ten or more tires without a permit can cost up to $25,000 per violation. Operating a major waste tire facility without a permit is punishable by $10,000 a day plus jail time. Piling tires in public view that are not neatly stacked, or in a way that may attract rats, mosquitoes, or other vermin, are health code infractions under the Berkeley Municipal Code Section 11.32.070.
For more information, please call the City's Waste Tire Enforcement Program at (510) 981-5310.