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Tire Round-Up Program

Temporary drop off sites - for registered participants - will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on designated Saturdays and are strategically located throughout the City of Philadelphia. 
Click here for the 2021 schedule Click here for the 2021 flyer

When does the Tire Round-Up Program begin?

Saturday, June 26, 2021.

What is the Tire Round-Up Program?

In 1995, the Streets Department’s Sanitation Division developed the Tire Round-Up Program to address the serious problem of illegally discarded tires in the city of Philadelphia. The program is designed to remove illegally discarded tires from the city streets, sidewalks, parks, alleys, and riverbanks. Registered volunteers participate in the program and receive a nominal reimbursement for the tires they collect and bring to designated drop-off sites.

By collecting illegally discarded tires and properly disposing of them, we reduce the amount of materials that reach the waste stream. This effort also removes an unsightly and potentially hazardous material that contributes to the deteriorating conditions of our inner city neighborhoods.

Volunteers in the program experience a renewed sense of camaraderie as they work together to do something about removing the blight that infects their neighborhoods and communities.

Additionally, this is an excellent opportunity for community groups to raise funds and at the same time participate in neighborhood clean-ups and beautification efforts that promote civic pride and neighborhood empowerment.

Download this brochure, or contact the Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee (PMBC) for more information: (215) 685-3981. 

How will my group benefit from the Tire Round-Up Program?

In addition to a cleaner and safer place to live, Tire Round-Up projects promote neighborhood clean-ups and beautification efforts that stimulate civic pride.

Registered participants will be reimbursed 50¢ for each illegally discarded tire brought to the drop- off site. The tire drop-off limit will be 1,000 tires per group.

Proceeds from the Tire Round-Up Program are to be used for worthwhile community projects.

How do I register for the Tire Round-Up Program?

Call PMBC at (215) 685-3981 to request an Agreement form. Fill out and email the form to [email protected] to register and become eligible for the program. Following verification of your eligibility, you will be notified by email of your identification number together with a list of drop-off locations and hours of operation.

Who can participate?

  • Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee (PMBC) Organized Block Clubs
  • Certified Partnership Recycling Group
  • Friends of the Park
  • Organized Community/Civic Groups
  • Neighborhood NACs
  • Town Watch Organizations
  • Other certified organized groups throughout the City of Philadelphia

Participation guidelines include:

  • Appoint a Round-Up Coordinator or COVID Prevention Coordinator: Block Captains can be coordinators for a blocks. Community Organizations and partnership groups should appoint a coordinator.
  • Register for the Tire Round-Up Program with the Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee (PMBC) at 215-685-3981.
  • Registered participants must return the agreement form and sign a COVID Protocol form. Community groups must include proof of a federal tax ID number and designation as a 501(c).
  • Email documents to [email protected]
  • If your group is eligible, the Tire Round-Up Identification Number will be mailed to you prior to the program kick-off.

NEW COVID Protocols

  • Each project site should have a designated COVID Prevention Coordinator with responsibility for monitoring and enforcing COVID-19 prevention protocols.
  • No maximum limit is needed for number of volunteers as long as they socially distance at 3 feet apart.
  • Participants should maintain proper 3-feet of social distancing from others at all times.
  • Participants should wear protective gloves and a face mask which adequately covers the nose and mouth areas of their face (while CDC guidelines indicate vaccinated people do not need to wear masks, the Streets Department does not know who has been vaccinated and therefore requires mask wearing for the protection of all participants)
  • Participants who refuse to wear the proper PPE (as indicated above) should be immediately asked to leave the project site.
  • Visit to stay updated on the latest COVID-19 guidelines for keeping you and your neighbors safe.

Use your ID# Form

Only illegally discarded tires may be taken to any one of the designated locations on the specified dates. Tires donated from locations required to pay a fee for private disposal are not eligible for the drop-off program. Examples of these locations are auto repair shops, car dealers, mechanic shops, and private storage lots.

Groups that drop off ineligible tires will not be paid and will be disqualified from further participation in the program. Participants must have a registered ID number to drop off tires. We will not assume responsibility for tires dropped off under an incorrect ID number.

When will my organization be reimbursed?

Following the reconciliation of all accounts, a check will be issued to your organization based on the number of eligible tires that were dropped off under your group’s identification number. For the length of the program, total reimbursement for any one group will be limited to not more than $500.00.



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