Tire Recycling

Nearly 100 tons of tires (passenger tires only) are collected in the City of Long Beach every year. That’s approximately 10,000 tires!  This includes many tires that were dumped in our community illegally. 

Why is it important to properly dispose of tires?

  • 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 make our neighborhoods look run down. 

Used tires can be recycled or reused in many ways:

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

How to recycle tires in Long Beach- Passenger Tires Only

Long Beach households that have City trash service can have up to 5 passenger tires picked up for free recycling via the City’s Special Collection program.  They can have this special collection up to four times per year.  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.