Community Tire Disposal Events Are Just Around the Corner

posted 4/5/2017

Did you know that Iowans generate 3 million scrap tires annually? According to the Iowa DNR, that equates to about one scrap tire generated per person, per year. That’s a lot of tires that, if not properly disposed of, can create health and fire safety risks, litter ditches, and contaminate waterways. Not to mention the unsightliness of a heap of stockpiled tires.

If you are spinning your wheels trying to get rid of an old tire or two, we have some good news for you. Residents in many Central Iowa communities have a safe, smart and FREE option for disposing of unwanted tires through Tire Drop-Off Events. Here is all you need to know about attending a drop-off event, as well as alternative options for disposing of old tires.

Does my city offer a FREE Tire Drop-Off Event?

Metro Waste Authority partners with many communities to provide a tire drop-off for residents. Learn if your community scheduled a tire drop-off event for this spring.

What kind of tires are accepted and is there a limit?

Each household can drop off a maximum of five tires free of charge (NO rims, please). In special situations where a household has more than five tires, please contact Metro Waste Authority  to be considered for an exemption.

These tires are NOT ACCEPTED at collection events:

  • Tires from businesses
  • Farm or tractor tires
  • Solid tires (lawnmower, forklift or golf cart tires)
  • Bicycle tires
  • Tires with rims

Is there a year-round disposal option?

If you can’t take advantage of your city event, do not live in a participating community, or you find yourself with old tires at other times during the year, there are year-round disposal options for a fee:

OR, one of Metro Waste Authority’s facilities:

Since 1993, MWA has assisted residents with safe, smart and convenient disposal of tires through free community drop-off events. Last year alone, 58 tons of scrap tires were collected through community scrap tire events. Find the full list of 2016 Tire Drop-Off Events at