Vehicle tyres will no longer be accepted at Rotherham’s household waste recycling centres from next week.
Rotherham Council said some small traders have been taking advantage of the four centres to dispose of tyres to avoid paying any disposal costs.
As a result, from Monday, August 5, the authority will turn away tyres at its four sites at Warren Vale, Rawmarsh; Car Hill, Greasbrough; Lidgett Lane, Bramley; and Magilla, North Anston.
The authority has no legal duty to provide a free waste disposal service for vehicle tyres as they are not classified as being household waste.
Despite this, until now Rotherham has previously accepted a limited number of tyres at its four centres, to assist the very small number of Rotherham residents who still carry out their own car maintenance at home.
Councillor Richard Russell, the council’s cabinet member for waste, said: “Unfortunately we can no longer do this. Changes in the law have meant that the disposal of tyres is now a very specialised and expensive process.
“As a result, some commercial organisations have been taking advantage of our centres to dispose of tyres from their business activities so they don’t have to pay any disposal costs.
“The four centres operate for household waste and there is no way at a time of reducing council budgets that we can take on the high cost of processing tyres.
“We hope this will only affect a small number of people as most householders buy new tyres through a specialist outlet. Usually the retailer will arrange for the disposal of old tyres for the payment of a reasonable environmental disposal charge.
“Businesses, or residents carrying out vehicle maintenance, should employ a specialist company who run a licensed service for tyre recycling and disposal.”