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Tire Environmental Act Program (TEAP)

In 2015, the Tennessee Automotive Association partnered with TDEC and the General Assembly to enact Public Chapter 525 that established the Tire Environmental Fund.  Upon the first retail sale of a new motor vehicle that is to be titled and registered in Tennessee, a flat fee based on the number of the vehicle’s wheels is assessed. The fee goes into the Tire Environmental Fund which is used to fund projects creating or supporting beneficial end uses for waste tires.

Since 2015, almost $2.47 million has been allocated to the Tire Environmental Fund and 1,431,465 tires or nearly 19,000 tons of scrap tires have been diverted from landfills. These tires/scrap tires have been re-purposed for beneficial use in rubberized asphalt, tire derived aggregate (TDA), tire derived fuel (TDF), and granulated rubber porous flexible pavement.

Fees are generated from the purchase of new motor vehicles to be titled and registered in the state: 

Five Dollars ($5.00) for a motor vehicle with four (4) or fewer wheels,

Ten Dollars ($10.00) for a motor vehicle with more than four (4) but fewer than eleven (11) wheels, and 

Fifteen Dollars ($15.00) for a motor vehicle with eleven (11) or more wheels.

The purpose of the Tire Environmental Act Program is to select and fund projects that best result in one of the beneficial end uses for waste tires identified below. The Tire Environmental Act Program provides financial assistance to private industries, municipal governments, county governments, and other entities in Tennessee to purchase, install, and construct projects that fit into one of the following eligible project categories:

1. Tire Recycling: Eligible entities that receive Tennessee tires and process them into a useable end product.

2. Tire Derived Product Use: Eligible entities that use Tennessee waste tires in a manner that is considered a beneficial use.

3. Research, Testing, and Development: Tennessee companies, Tennessee colleges/universities, or entities that conduct research, testing, or development of beneficial uses for Tennessee waste tires.

4. Facility Improvements: Eligible entities that recycle or use recycled Tennessee tires and need facility improvements.

The minimum grant request is $10,000.  The applicant must, at a minimum, match the grant amount requested. The applicant must specify the match percentage as one of the following:

  • 50% Grant / 50% Match; or
  • Greater than 50% Match (amount specified)

Contact Information

Chad Kimes
Office of Policy and Sustainable Practices
615-532-8739
Tire.Grant@tn.gov

This Page Last Updated: August 12, 2019 at 3:02 PM