This paper first discusses the environmental protection criteria behind Italian pollution laws relative to scrapped automobile and waste tyres. An assessment is then made of relative present and forecasted waste quantities. The various techniques of wreck recovery and disposal are analyzed and the proposed provisions relevant to the Italian Abruzzo Region are outlined. The production of refuse tyres is discussed together with various techniques of waste tyre recycling. Several options of tyre disposal are described. Particular attention is given to combustion and pyrolysis technologies that allow materials and/or energy recovery.