Waste Tire Collection 2017

The Waste Tire Collection has been extended until October 7th.

The Recycling Center holds an annual waste tire collection for two weeks in September.  County residents and businesses can drop off their unwanted tires for a small fee during the collection event.  Tires accepted include car, truck, semi, tractor, motorcycle, ATV, and bicycle tires. 

pile of tiresLocation and Dates

Manitowoc County Recycling Center - Main Office
3000 Basswood Road, Manitowoc, WI

September 11th to October 7th.

Monday - Friday 7am - 4pm
Saturday 8am - Noon

Fees and Guidelines
  • Pay in the Recycling Center Main Office before dropping off any tires
  • $4.00 per car tire or smaller (5 tires or less)
  • $5.50 per standard truck tire (5 tires or less)
  • 14 cents per pound ($280 per ton) for:
    • quantities of 6 or more tires
    • Semi tires
    • Tractor tires
    • Tires on Rims
  • Bring your waste tires during the listed times for the Main Office
  • Collection employees reserve the right to judge, based on tire size and quantity, whether a customer is charged on a per tire basis or by tire weight.
  • Residents and businesses with large quantities of tires should call the Recycling Center.
Tire Collection Flyer 2017

Tires have been banned from landfills for many years.  Because of the high disposal costs, tires are often thrown in our woodlands, waterways, along roadways, or in illegal stockpiles.  Improper disposal can lead to significant environmental problems such as surface and groundwater contamination, fires which release toxic fumes, and the creation of habitats for pests such as rodents and mosquitoes.  Proper disposal will reduce or eliminate these problems. 

Waste tires can be reused in a number of beneficial ways.  They can be shred into rubber chips and used as artificial turf or as a groundcover in playgrounds.  Finely ground ‘crumb rubber’ can be used in artificial turf, athletic tracks, sidewalks and other rubber products.  Nylon and steel found in tires is also separated and recycled.  Depending on what other materials are in the tire they may also be used as a fuel source.  When burned in specially designed incinerators the release of noxious smoke can be controlled.

Manitowoc County residents can be proud of their commitment to recycling and the betterment of our environment.  Thanks to the many participants, the Tire Collection brought in 1677.1 tons of unwanted tires since it started in 1998.  

Image of tires collected per year