California Tire Businesses Face $1.2 Million in Fines for Violating Tire Safety Rules that Deter Toxic Fire Danger

Office of Public Affairs
For Immediate Release: March 30, 2022
News Release #2022-02
Media Contact: Lance Klug
916-341-6293 | lance.klug@calrecycle.ca.gov

SACRAMENTO – To protect communities from toxic tire fires, illegal dumping and other risks of improper waste tire handling, California levied $1.2 million in penalties against three tire businesses for repeatedly violating waste tire management laws. Under the administrative decision and settlement agreements, the businesses in Sacramento, Riverside and Yolo counties will pay $918,000, and owe an additional $325,000 if new violations occur during the settlement period.

“California’s laws for waste tire storage and hauling protect local communities from toxic tire fires and other illegal dumping dangers common just over two decades ago,” CalRecycle Director Rachel Machi Wagoner said. “The Department works with local inspectors to make sure tire businesses follow these rules that keep the public safe.”

California laws require safe waste tire storage and hauling

To combat illegal dumping, reduce large tire piles and prevent toxic tire fires from endangering California communities, the state passed the California Tire Recycling Act in 1989 (AB 1843). After a series of long-burning tire fires in the late 1990s, the State strengthened the law in 2000 (SB 876). California’s tire safety laws include:

  • Permit and storage safety rules for waste tire facilities with over 500 waste tires
  • Documentation and reporting requirements for anyone hauling waste tires, used tires or tire casings.

Businesses penalized for repeatedly violating tire safety rules

California tire facility inspectors work to make sure waste tire facilities and haulers comply with public health and environmental safety rules. CalRecycle secured the following resolutions for documented waste tire storage and hauling violations:

Duran’s Tire Recycling and property owners | Tire Storage and Hauler Violations
3442 La Grande Blvd., Suite C, Sacramento

  • Repeated violations starting in September 2018 of:
    • Up to 11,119 waste tires illegally stored without a permit
    • Various tire hauling record-keeping and reporting violations.
  • CalRecycle issued an administrative complaint on September 14, 2021, after failure to comply with a 2019 Cleanup and Abatement Order, seeking:
    • $262,000 in waste tire storage penalties and
    • $628,000 for hauler penalties.
  • A $900,000 administrative penalty was issued to Duran’s Tire Recycling and property owners on January 7, 2022.
  • All tires have since been removed from the site.

Genaro Bautista Waste Tire Facility | Tire Storage Violations
12130 Theodore St., Moreno Valley

  • Repeated violations of illegally storing up to 12,839 waste tires without a permit, starting in June of 2018
  • CalRecycle issued a formal administrative complaint in July of 2019 for failure to comply with a September 2018 Cleanup and Abatement Order.
  • Genaro Bautista received a $338,000 administrative penalty under a settlement agreement finalized in December 2021.
    • The site owner/operator will pay $25,000 and will owe $313,000 more for any new violations in the 7-year settlement term.
  • All tires have since been removed from the site.

B&B Tire and Rubber Co and IG Holdings, LLC | Tire Storage Violations
4225 West Capitol Ave., West Sacramento

  • Repeated violations of illegally storing up to 3,319 waste tires without a permit, as well as indoor/outdoor storage and fire safety violations starting in May 2017.
  • CalRecycle issued a formal administrative complaint in December of 2018 for failure to comply with a December 2017 Cleanup and Abatement Order.
  • An $18,000 administrative penalty issued to B&B Tire and Rubber Co and IG Holdings, LLC was issued under a settlement agreement dated April 6, 2021,
    • They will pay $6,000 for violations and will owe the remaining $12,000 if CalRecycle uncovers new violations in the 3-year settlement term.
  • All tires have since been removed from the site.

Fast Facts: California’s Tire Management

  • Home to more registered vehicles than any other state, California generates more than 51 million waste tires each year.
  • California’s waste tire management and recycling efforts are divided into two functional areas:
  • Since 2005, California reused or recycled the equivalent of over 264 million waste tires, reducing illegal disposal and largely eliminating cases of extreme illegal tire piles and toxic tire pile fires.

For more information contact, the Office of Public Affairs, opa@calrecycle.ca.gov


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