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Solid Waste Local Enforcement Agency (LEA)

Waste Tire Enforcement Program

Waste and Used Tire Overview

California generates approximately 33 million waste and used tires every year, roughly equal to the combined total generated in Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, and Missouri.

The Solid Waste Local Enforcement Agency (LEA) has embarked on a successful program to regulate the roughly two million waste tires generated each year in the City. Every year since 1999, the LEA has been awarded a Waste Tire Enforcement Grant from the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)* for the purpose of implementing an educational and enforcement program to increase proper management of waste tires and to minimize the illegal dumping of waste tires. In 2008, the LEA expanded the Waste Tire Enforcement program to adjacent incorporated Cities that wanted to participate in the program. At this time, the LEA is collaborating with the Cities of Chula Vista, El Cajon, and Imperial Beach.
*formerly known as the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB)

The program is targeted at educating waste tire generators, waste tire haulers, and waste tire storage /collection facilities regarding state waste tire regulations. The LEA conducts annual inspections of these businesses and works with CalRecycle to gain compliance. The Waste Tire Program has been successful in decreasing the incidence of illegal dumping in the City.

photo of tires

Waste tires and trash are also washed into the City of San Diego from Mexico via the Tijuana River. The LEA is a member of the Tijuana River Valley Recovery Team which is comprised of Local, State, Federal, and Non-Profit Agencies committed to cleaning up and restoring the Tijuana River Valley. The LEA, as well as other local and State agencies, have obtained grants from CalRecycle to facilitate clean-up of waste tires in the Tijuana River Valley.