Waste Tire Collection

The Manitowoc County Waste Tire Collection is open through October. However, due to Covid-19 precautions we have suspended all sales at our main office until further notice. We understand that people may still have a need to recycle their tires and have  modified our collection to handle some of them.

Haulers, municipalities, and businesses that have charge accounts set up can call 920-683-4333 and schedule a time to drop off significant loads of tires. Residents with significant loads of tires can call the recycling center to be screened. If they qualify, they can scheduled a time and be handled similarly to businesses.

We are discouraging people from bringing in small amounts of tires at this time. Please hold onto these until the Codiv-19 precautions are relaxed.

Pile of tiresLocation and Dates

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

April through October

Monday - Friday 7am - 4pm

Fees and Guidelines

  • Municipalities, businesses, and farms must schedule an appointment to bring tires in.
  • Residents with large loads of tires will be screened and scheduled a time if they qualify.
  • 17 cents per pound ($340 per ton) for:
    • Quantities of 6 or more tires
    • Semi tires
    • Tires on rims
  • 22 cents per pound ($440 per ton) for off road tires including:
    • Agricultural equipment tires
    • Mining equipment tires
    • Mixed loads containing off road tires
  • You will not be permitted into the main office. All communications will be handled through phone or the scale intercom.
  • Weight tickets will be mailed, faxed, or emailed on request.
  • Rubber products that are not tires are not accepted.


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 1925 tons of unwanted tires since it started in 1998.