EPA warning to get a grip on tyre piles
smoke that can cause an even greater health risk to the community, through the inhalation of particles and chemicals,” he said.
“It’s a threat to the landholder’s livelihood and the homes and safety of people who live nearby, whether they are on neighbouring farms or in a nearby town or suburban area.
“Farmers do have some practical uses for old tyres like holding down tarps, but many tyre stockpiles are just a fire hazard and a threat to the environment.
“When necessary, EPA can exercise legal power to order that an illegal tyre stockpile be removed for appropriate disposal, fine the owner or take the case to court.”
To view the EPA tyre regulations and CFA guidelines for the safe storage of tyres, visit
If any member of the community suspects that someone has been illegally stockpiling tyres on their property or taking them to a place that cannot lawfully accept waste tyres, they are encouraged to contact EPA’s 24-hour pollution hotline on 1300 372 842.
EPA says old tyres are a hazard, such as this pile, which was stacked on silage at Strathmerton.