Susan Buckley, RN, Director, Public Health
Ira Singh, MPH, Deputy Director
Donald I. Baird, MD, Health Officer

Division of Environmental Health


Date Released: 4/21/2008
Subject: Waste Tire Free Collection Days Scheduled for May
Contact: Brent Whitener, Environmental Health Division
Phone: (707) 445-6215

Last year Humboldt County residents brought more than 10,000 waste tires to single-day events held in Eureka and Garberville. This year, under a grant from the California Integrated Waste Management Board, the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Environmental Health, partnering with the Humboldt Waste Management Authority, will hold two free waste tire amnesty events in northern Humboldt in May.

Area residents may bring their waste tires to the Willow Creek event on Saturday, May 3rd from 9:00am until 2:00pm. The location is Tom’s Trash/Campora Gas offices, 41865 Highway 299, about three miles east of Willow Creek. A second waste tire amnesty event will be held at the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) equipment yard at the south end of Orick on Saturday, May 17th from 10:00am until 2:00pm. The yard is opposite the Union 76 service station about 1/4 mile south of the Redwood Creek Bridge on Highway 101.

Each of these one day opportunities allows residents to bring up to nine waste tires for free disposal. Tires must be car or light truck tires, less than 32 inches in diameter, and must be without rims. These events are for residents only; tires from businesses will not be accepted.

California law limits to nine or fewer the number of waste or used tires carried in a vehicle unless that vehicle is registered with the state as a Waste Tire Hauler. The California Highway Patrol or local law enforcement may cite the driver of a vehicle that is carrying more than nine waste tires.

If residents have more than nine tires to bring to a waste tire amnesty event, they must carry a Temporary Exemption from Waste Tire Hauling Requirements. To obtain the Exemption, call the Humboldt County Division of Environmental Health at (707) 445-6215 or toll free at 1-800-963-9241. Provide the hauling vehicle’s make, model, and license number, an estimate of how many tires your vehicle will be carrying, and which collection event you will attend. Requests should be made about two weeks before either event to allow for processing and mailing the Exemption.

Staff will be present to unload the tires. As participants await unloading, they will be asked to answer a few survey questions to help in planning future collection events.

Humboldt County and the Humboldt Waste Management Authority host these events so waste tires enter the recycling stream and not a local trout stream. Each year, several thousand tires are illegally disposed along Humboldt County roadways and on private lands from Trinidad bluffs to the Eel River drainages. The collection events in Willow Creek and Orick offer Humboldt and Trinity County residents a sensible and legal means of tire disposal. More waste tire amnesty events are being planned for other areas of the county later this year.


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