2017 Arizona Revised Statutes
Title 44 - Trade and Commerce
§ 44-1304 Disposal of waste tires

Universal Citation: AZ Rev Stat § 44-1304 (2017)

44-1304. Disposal of waste tires

A. The disposal of waste tires in landfills and the incineration of those tires is prohibited, except as provided in subsection C or D of this section or in accordance with rules adopted by the director of the department of environmental quality. An owner or operator of a solid waste disposal site shall not knowingly accept waste tires for disposal.

B. A person shall not dispose of motor vehicle waste tires unless the waste tires are disposed of at a waste tire collection site or as provided in subsection C or D of this section or in accordance with rules adopted by the director of the department of environmental quality.

C. Off-road motor vehicle waste tires shall not be disposed of or reused except in accordance with the provisions of this article or rules adopted by the director of the department of environmental quality. In the absence of rules, off-road motor vehicle waste tires shall not be disposed of or put to beneficial use in a manner that results in an environmental nuisance pursuant to section 49-141. Mining industry off-road motor vehicle waste tires may be disposed of by burial at a mining facility in the same manner permitted by rule in effect on February 1, 1996 until the director by rule determines on-site recycling methods that are technically feasible and economically practical.

D. The following are permissible methods of waste tire disposal:

1. Retreading or recapping.

2. Constructing collision barriers.

3. Controlling soil erosion or for flood control only if used in accordance with approved engineering practices.

4. Chopping or shredding for use as waste tire daily cover at a solid waste landfill.

5. Grinding for use in asphalt and as a raw material for other products.

6. Sludge composting.

7. Using as playground equipment.

8. Incinerating or using as a fuel or pyrolysis if permitted by laws, regulations or ordinances relating to burning or fuel.

9. Hauling to out-of-state collection or processing sites.

10. Tire monofills if tires are chopped or shredded.

11. Use as a building material for building construction in accordance with applicable city, town and county building codes.

12. Agricultural purposes as bumpers on agricultural equipment or as ballast to maintain covers at an agricultural site.

E. For purposes of subsection D, paragraph 10 of this section, " tire monofill" means a solid waste disposal facility or a part of a facility used for the exclusive purpose of the disposal of waste tires which are chopped, shredded or cut up for the purpose of disposal.

F. The director of the department of environmental quality, by rule, may authorize other methods of disposal of waste tires. If used as daily cover material for a solid waste landfill, the director shall specify the size of the parts into which the material must be cut.

G. Each county shall provide at least one designated waste tire collection site in the county to receive waste tires from a seller of motor vehicle tires or the seller's designee complying with section 44-1302. Additional waste tire collection sites or disposal arrangements shall be established by the county as necessary for the disposal of waste tires as provided in subsection B of this section. All collection sites established under this subsection shall comply with applicable zoning and ordinance regulations. The county or private enterprise receiving waste tire fund monies from a county shall not impose a tire tipping fee and shall not refuse to accept waste tires from a seller of motor vehicle tires or the seller's designee complying with section 44-1302, unless provided for in section 44-1302, subsection H.

H. The director of the department of environmental quality shall issue or revise a permit required pursuant to title 49, chapter 3, article 2 for a facility that applies to the department of environmental quality for a permit or a revision to a permit to burn a tire derived fuel if the applicant can demonstrate that the burning of tire derived fuel will result in equal to or lower emissions than the burning of other types of fuel for which the department of environmental quality may issue permits and the applicant has met all requirements of titles I and V of the clean air act. Any tests involving tire derived fuel conducted by the United States environmental protection agency or any test results involving tire derived fuel approved by the United States environmental protection agency, including hazardous air pollutant studies, shall be accepted by the department of environmental quality. No duplicate testing by the applicant shall be required, except that the applicant shall meet all testing requirements under titles I and V of the clean air act. For purposes of this subsection, " clean air act" has the same meaning prescribed in section 49-401.01.

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