Summary: Each year approximately 9 – 10 million waste tires are generated in New Jersey. Historically, 85% - 90% of these waste tires were going to a combination of landfills, stockpiles and illegal dumping. While no data is available on a breakout of the percentages going to landfills as opposed to stockpiles and illegal dumping, the waste tire flow has, over the years, resulted in between 30 to 50 million waste tires stored in above ground locations. This historic lack of a waste tire management program crated a series of problems: 1) Loss of scarce landfill space; 2) Health concerns: stockpiled tires provide a shelter and habitat for vermin and insects; and, 3) Stockpiles are fire hazards. Nationally, over 242 million passenger and truck tires are discarded annually in the U.S. Additionally, approximately 32 million tires are retreaded and are estimated 10 million are reused each year. It is estimated that 7% of the discarded tires are currently being recycled into new products, 11% are converted to energy, and nearly 78% are being landfilled, stockpiled, or illegally dumped, with the remainder being exported. Figure 1.1 illustrates the estimated destination for waste tire the U.S. Regionally the seven states in the Northeast Waste Management Official’s Association (NEWMOA), Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Vermont contribute over 23 million waste tires every year. The State of New Jersey almost contributes half of the total annual regional waste tires generation.