Oregon Waste Tire Storage Bond

Oregon Waste Tire Storage Bond

The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) requires a Waste Tire Storage Bond for facilities that store more than 100 waste tires. Buying a bond with Jet Insurance Company is a fast and easy way to fulfill the financial assurance requirement for the waste tire storage permit. 

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As of January 1st, 2020, the DEQ enacted this requirement for waste tire storage facilities as a financial guarantee for the proper disposal of waste tires and ultimately reduce the risk to public health and the environment.

How Is the Bond Amount Determined by the DEQ? 

The DEQ determines the waste tire storage bond limit based on the maximum number of tires that can be stored at a facility. That total number of tires is multiplied by $2.50 for each passenger tire and $12.50 for each truck tire to determine the bond amount.

During your permit application, you must indicate the highest number of tires that your facility is able to hold within a 1 year period. The storage standards listed in the Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) 340-064-0035 can help you to calculate the number of tires that can be held on your site and in turn, determine your bond limit. 

Tires can be stored up to 6 feet in height, 50 feet in width, and an area of 15,000 square feet. The tire piles must also be organized in a way to minimize fire hazards and have accessibility for emergency vehicles. 

Additionally, the DEQ may approve a bid or cost projection for your Waste Tire Storage Bond limit at least a month before the permit application due date. In the end, the bond limit request must appropriately cover the cost of cleaning up tire hazards. 

How Much Does a Waste Tire Storage Bond Cost in Oregon? 

The cost to purchase your Waste Tire Storage Bond is determined largely on the bond limit set by the DEQ. Cost for the smallest tire storage yards start at $100 annually and go up from there. Rates available are dependent on the personal credit of the ownership and the above examples do not constitute a bonding offer. 

Oregon Waste Tire Storage Bond Cost
Term Cost
$10,000 $100
$25,000 $250
$50,000 $500

By cutting out brokers, Jet gets rid of commission-driven rates and provides rates for your bond for lower than the market price. Jet is the only company that offers monthly payments to get you started at a fraction of the upfront cost. Other carriers and the brokers offer financing packages that include large down payments and high APR percentages. 

Why Does the DEQ Require a Waste Tire Storage Bond?

A Waste Tire Storage Bond is part of the application process for storage site permits, which are required when more than 100 waste tires are stored on a property. The permit is issued by the DEQ in order to prevent the illegal methods of storage of waste tires that can cause damage to the public and the environment. 

Improperly stored waste tires can cause a handful of problems, ranging from being a public nuisance to environmental damage. Large tire piles are not only unpleasant to look at, they carry an increased risk of catching fire and creating a breeding habitat for pests. 

Rodents find shelter in tires and mosquitoes breed in stillwater collected in the tires, spreading disease and endangering public health. Tire fires produce toxic pollution through air emissions and oils absorbed into the soil and nearby water. Once tire fires start, they are often difficult to handle and put out, causing expensive cleanups to limit water and ground pollution and often call for evacuations of the nearby area. 

By enforcing the Waste Tire Storage Bond, the DEQ encourages the safe storage of tires, limits the damage waste tires can generate, and guarantees the cost to clean up tire storage sites is paid for. Failure to keep a bond in effect during the course of the permit may result in the DEQ revoking the waste tire storage permit. 

Does Jet File the Waste Tire Storage Bond to the DEQ For Me?

Yes; when you buy your bond through Jet, our team takes care of the filing for you. Other surety agents and brokers send the bond to you, leaving you with the headache of submitting to the DEQ. Jet automatically sends the original bond, complete with the surety seal and signatures to the appropriate regional office. 

If you need to submit the original bond with other paperwork, Jet can send the bond directly to you. When you are ready to submit, simply find your county in the chart below to know which regional office will accept your paperwork.

Department of Environmental Quality Regional Offices
Northwest Region
Environmental Partnerships
700 NE Multnomah St, Ste 600
Portland, OR 97232
Counties: Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Multnomah, Tillamook, Washington
Western Region
Materials Management Program
165 E Seventh Ave, Ste 100
Eugene, OR 97401
Counties: Benton, Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Polk, Yamhill
Eastern Region
Materials Management Program
400 E Scenic Dr, Ste 307
The Dalles, OR 97058
Counties: Baker, Crook, Deschutes, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Hood River, Jefferson, Klamath, Lake, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla (including Milton- Freewater), Union, Wallowa, Wasco, Wheeler

Does Jet Give Me a Refund If I Cancel My Bond Early?

Although bonds are purchased for a defined bond term, Jet understands that unexpected things happen in business. That’s why cancelling your bond with Jet is just as easy as purchasing one. You will be charged only for the time used on your bond. The 45 days the DEQ keeps the bond active after cancellation is calculated into the prorated refund. 

With monthly payments, cancellation is even simpler. Once you no longer have need of your bond, contact Jet to request cancellation. Our team will notify the DEQ to cancel the bond.

During the time that a bond has been cancelled and not yet been replaced, a waste tire storage site may not accept any new waste tires for storage.  

How to Avoid Bond Claims

As a storage facility owner, you must follow the storage standards of OAR 340-064-0035 and waste tire disposal procedures as listed in ORS 459 to avoid causing environmental damage, tire fires, and. Failure to uphold these regulations may not only endanger public and environmental well-being, but you may receive a claim against your bond. Below is a list of possible claims against the Waste Tire Storage Bond:

Although these are some examples of possible claims that could occur against the bond, the DEQ will determine whether you are adhering to the standards of storing and/or disposing of waste tires through their own investigation. If you are violating any provisions, the DEQ gives ample opportunities to correct the issues, such as a warning letter, pre-enforcement notice, and notice of permit violation, before issuing a formal enforcement action. Ultimately, the State of Oregon or the DEQ can file claims against the bond if your facility causes reasonable damage to the environment or public. 

What Happens If I Receive a Claim Against My Waste Tire Carrier Bond?

When a claim is submitted, Jet will contact you as soon as possible to gather all the facts. You should submit any information regarding the complaint, especially if you have already taken action to abide by a DEQ ruling. Jet will begin an investigation to assess the validity of the claim, working on your behalf against false accusations. The investigation can take up to 45 days, but typically will not when dealing with government agencies. If the claim is proved valid, Jet will pay the claimant up to the full amount of the bond. 

While the bond reimburses claimants right away, you aren’t off the hook for the amount of the claim. Since the claim comes from a failure to adhere to waste tire storage permit regulations, you are still ultimately responsible and must pay back the claim amount for the damages incurred. The surety bond is a guarantee of payment, not an insurance policy that protects the storage facility from unseen risks.

How to Apply for the Oregon Waste Tire Storage Bond

When applying for a Waste Tire Storage Bond with Jet you will need to enter the bonding amount you need, basic business information and ownership information. It is important to have all information entered accurately to match up with your permit, such as bond amount, business name, address, etc.   

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Once the application is finished, you will receive a rate right away and be able to purchase the bond. 

What Is the Renewal Process for This Bond?

Prior to  your bond term ending, Jet will send you a notice for renewal through email and mail. Since the Waste Tire Storage Bond has a variable limit based on the amount of tires allowed on your site, the renewal notice will ask if any changes have been made to your storage capacity. If your maximum number of tires has changed, you will need to indicate the new number on the renewal notice. If no changes have occurred to your tire storage allowance, you will indicate that on the renewal notice.

Does the Waste Tire Storage Bond Expire?

The bond form is continuous until cancelled and will stay in effect until Jet sends a cancellation notice to the DEQ. The bond will continue as long as monthly installment or annual renewal payments are received. A cancellation request will be sent to the DEQ upon your request or if payment has not been received for the bond by Jet.

Are There Any Additional Bonds That I May Need?

A Waste Tire Carrier Bond is required by the Department of Environmental Quality for those who are transporting waste tires within the state of Oregon. However, storage facilities that also act as a waste tire carrier can operate as a combined storage/carrier under the permit and bonding for a waste tire storage site. 

With the passing of Senate Bill 792, auto dismantlers may also need to hold a waste tire storage permit and bond. Previously,1,500 waste tires were allowed on a dismantler’s lot by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Today dismantlers must report to the DEQ if over 100 waste tires are stored on their property. The DEQ will audit the lot to determine if a waste tire storage permit is required and consequently if a Waste Tire Storage Bond will be needed along with the Auto Dismantler Bond

Waste Tire Storage Permit Exceptions

According to the ORS 459.715, it is illegal for any person to have over 100 waste tires stored on their property without having a waste tire storage permit. However, to accommodate certain industries, the DEQ allows waste disposal sites, tire retreaders, and tire retailers to store waste tires without a storage permit. The following conditions do not require a Waste Tire Storage Bond:

  • Solid waste disposal sites, with a DEQ-adjusted permit to allow tire storage
  • Tire retreaders with up to 3,000 tires of the type that are actively being retreaded
  • Tire retailers storing up to 1,500 tires

Waste Tire Storage Permit Exceptions

As stated on the bond, the cost of cleaning up waste tire storage sites also applies to shutting down operations of the facility and disposing of the waste tires appropriately. The bond will help with the cost of cleanup if the storage site is abandoned. 

  1. In order to close down a waste tire storage facility, the following measures must be taken: 
  2. Stop accepting tires for storage from the public
  3. Post a sign showing that the site has closed and include directions to nearest facility that accepts waste tires from the public
  4. Inform the DEQ and the local government of closure
  5. Clear facility of all waste tires and tire-derived products by transporting to an authorized facility
  6. Clear solid waste to a permitted solid waste disposal facility

Once these steps have been finished, the storage site owner must contact the DEQ for inspection. If the closing procedures have been performed to the satisfaction of the Department, the DEQ will approve the closure. Any financial assurance not used during the permit or during closure procedures will be released to the storage site owner.

 

Oregon Waste Tire Storage Bond Form