We know it can be frustrating to see additional fees in your online cart or when you're finalizing everything at the register. Trust us, we're not huge fans of fees either.
But here's the thing: we don't have any say over it because these additional fees are state-mandated and actually go toward programs that mitigate tire waste. While we actively manage our inventory in order to pass as few costs onto our customers as possible, the tire recycling fees we charge are actually imposed by the states we sell our tires in.
On top of that, every state has different tire fees and fee structuring. Straight from our explanation of charges when you put tires in your cart online, the following is what you'll see if you're ordering from one of 40 states that impose some kind of tire disposal, recycling or environmental fee.
"Environmental Fees are state-mandated charges applied to new tire purchases. These fees fund research and development on recycling worn out tires."
The fact of the matter is that tires are, unfortunately, some of the least-biodegradable consumer goods towards the end of their lifecycle. These fees fund efforts to focus on reusing and recycling old or worn tires. Read more about tire recycling and the environmental effects.
From shredding up old tires for use in asphalt or playground surfaces to synthetic turf for our sports fields, the end goal of researching more uses for used tires is to lessen what was once over one billion tires in the United States alone that had been improperly or illegally discarded.
Thanks to these tire recycling programs, the total number of littered tires has seen a drastic decline across the country over the years. Our communities are benefitted through keeping our environment healthy and free from litter, saving space in landfills and keeping our drinking water free from the pollutants that tires can pass on as they decompose.
Tire Disposal Fees
"The Disposal Fee covers the cost for a licensed regulated disposal service to properly discard your tires."
Basically, this fee allows for a disposal service or company to handle your old tires as they make their way to a recycling facility. These facilities and services have passed licensing requirements and are properly trained to dispose of these materials.
Federal Excise Tax (FET)
"FET - Federal Excise Tax (FET) is applied in the automotive industry on larger truck tires, inner tubes, gasoline and lubricants."
This fee is only applied with the purchase of generally very large truck tires, and is calculated by the weight of the tire itself.
If you have any questions or require any assistance, stop by any of our Discount Tire locations and we'll get you taken care of!