Tire Recycling

What is the issue?

It’s estimated that 40 million waste tires are generated in CA per year, and over 475,000 generated in Long Beach alone.

Used tires can be a big problem for our health, safety and environment if not correctly disposed: 

  • They are highly flammable, and the smoke they emit if burned is very toxic. 
  • If improperly stored outdoors, tires collect standing water, where mosquitoes breed. 
  • Tires that are dumped illegally on public right-of-ways are unsightly and cause blight in our community.

What does Long Beach do with recycled tires?

The City of Long Beach “closes the loop” by using recycled tires in several ways:

  • Retread into new tires
  • Rubberized playground surfaces
  • Running and walking track surfaces
  • Rubber flooring underlayment
  • Road paving material – Rubberized asphalt concrete (RAC)
  • Rubber mulch for weed abatement

How to Recycle Tires in Long Beach:

Long Beach households that have City trash service can have their tires picked up for recycling via the City’s Special Collection program.  Two free collections per; call 562-570-2876 or go online to Request a Special Collection to schedule a Special Collection and learn more.

If citizens see tires that have been illegally dumped in the public right-of-way, they should call the Environmental Services Bureau hotline: 562-570-2876, or use the GO Long Beach smartphone app to report it.

Long Beach residents can bring their used tires to the following locations:

LB Conservation Corp. (CCLB)
Drop off used tires and e-waste, 2nd & 4th Saturdays of each month only, 10am - 2pm
340 Nieto Ave, Long Beach, CA 90814

CCLB Environmental Education Center
Drop off used tires and e-waste, 2nd & 4th Saturdays of each month only, 10am-2pm
3251 E 19th St, Signal Hill, CA 90755

EDCO Recycling & Transfer Center
Drop off used tires 2nd Saturday of each month only, 9am-2pm
2755 California Ave, Signal Hill, CA 90755
+1 562-597-0608