Recycle up to 20 used car tires for free under local government coupon offer

By Gene Daniels, Photographer (NARA record: 8463941) – U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, Public Domain,

A program that provides Sutter County residents with an opportunity to dispose of used passenger car tires for free is a service of the Yuba-Sutter Regional Waste Management Authority, through a grant provided by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (or CalRecycle), which is a branch of the California Environmental Protection Agency.

Each of us can do something to help avert potential problems caused by more than 40 million worn or damaged tires replaced each year in California, not to mention the millions already stockpiled at waste tire facilities or illegally dumped in alleys and by roadsides throughout the state.

Our Legislature recognized the serious environmental safety and health threats posed by improper management of waste tires and passed the California Tire Recycling Act in 1989. This act mandated that CalRecycle oversee and regulate the management of waste tires in the state. To further assure proper waste tire management, the Legislature passed additional legislation in 2000 to augment the California Tire Recycling Act.

It costs $4.65 each to dispose of a tire at either of the Recology transfer stations. But you could dispose of up to 20 tires for free with a phone call to the Regional Waste Management Authority (weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.) at (530) 634-6890. Give them your address and the number of tires you have, and they will mail you a coupon allowing you to take the tires to the transfer station at 3001 North Levee Road off Highway 20 just east of the Marysville City limits, or at the Ponderosa transfer station in Brownsville.

Tires collecting on your property can trap water and provide breeding habitat for disease-carrying mosquitoes. Tire piles can become a fire hazard. Used tires can be recycled into playground equipment or filler for asphalt for roads. They’ve even been used in garden beds as mulch and some “green” buildings are made from recycled tires.

Coupons are available on a first come, first served basis while supplies last and they expire 30 days from the date issued. A valid coupon must be presented when the waste tires are delivered to the drop-off location.  Tires do not need to be removed from the rims.

This program is for residential use only, not businesses.

Coupons are available for residents of both Sutter and Yuba counties. The Yuba-Sutter Regional Waste Management Authority is a Joint Power Agency (JPA) created under an agreement between the cities of Live Oak, Marysville, Wheatland and Yuba City, as well as the counties of Sutter and Yuba. There are many successful JPAs in this community, including Yuba-Sutter Transit, the Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency, and the Three Rivers Levee Improvement Authority. JPAs are good ways for local government agencies to jointly exercise powers in an efficient manner.

For more information about the recycling programs offered through the Yuba-Sutter Regional Waste Management Authority, visit their website at