So Get On It! - Tire Review Magazine

So Get On It!

For those of you not keeping track, apparently tomorrow is America Recycles Day.

Harvey Brodsky, MD of TRIB, offered this:

The retreading industry has been green before anyone ever used the word as part of the recycling effort.

Over the years retreading has been responsible for saving countless millions of gallons of oil (Did you know tires contain synthetic rubber, which is petroleum based and comes from an oil well?), along with millions of pounds of steel and other components that go into the manufacture of tires.

Also, every tire that is retreaded is one less tire that needs to go into a landfill and as long as we continue to retread tires, the number of tires – including retreads – that eventually wear out will be replaced by others that are retreaded. This means that, thanks to retreading, millions of tires will be kept out of landfills indefinitely.

Retreads May Look Round And Black, But They Are Really Very Green!

But there’s more. In addition to being one of the most environmentally friendly recycled products, retreads also save fleets, in both the private and public sectors, as much as 50% of the cost of higher priced new replacement tires. And they do it without sacrificing safety, performance or handling.

Are Retreads Really Safe?

You bet they are. Commercial airlines the world over routinely use retreads as do fire engines and other emergency vehicles, taxis, racecars and millions of trucking fleets. Why would the best-run fleets in the world use retreads if they were not safe and reliable? And why would new tire manufacturers, including those who don’t operate their own retread plants, support retreading if they didn’t know how reliable and safe they were? After all, they want to sell new tires, but they know that retreading is a vital part of the overall tire industry.

What Can You Do?

If you are not already using retreads there has never been a better time to learn about the economic and environmental benefits retreads can offer to your fleet. Contact us for a complete Retread Tire Information Packet, which includes a CD and DVD loaded with valuable information. The packet also includes a Retread Tire Buyers Guide listing the names and locations of the best retreaders. You can also visit our web site, www.retread.org. This site contains an enormous amount of information about retreading, tire repairing and tire maintenance for both retreads and new tires.

Still Not Convinced?

We will be happy to arrange for you to tour a retread plant in your area. We believe that after you see for yourself how much care goes into the inspection and care of tires during the retread process you will become a believer (and hopefully a user). You have everything to gain and nothing to lose by looking into the industry that produces tires that look round and black, but are really very green.

For more information and/or to order our Retread Tire Information Packet, please call our toll free number 888-473-8732 or send an email to [email protected].

If you have comments to share, send to me at [email protected].

– Jim Smith

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