BANBURY, England (July 5) — Tire retreading saved the United Kingdom nearly 102 million liters of oil in 2005, according to a report, "Retreading: Safety, Environment, Economy," issued by the Banbury-based Waste & Resources Action Programme.
The report quotes the U.S.´s Tire Retread Information Bureau and the U.K.´s Retread Manufacturers Association as to the prevalence, safety, quality, cost savings and environmental benefits of retreads.
"Unfortunately, retreads have a bad reputation," the report states. "They do not deserve it. But, in many cases, it is perpetuated by new tire distributors selling low-cost imports that compete with retreads."
WRAP is a not-for-profit U.K. organization, supported in large part by U.K. government funding, whose main goal is to promote stable, efficient markets for recycled materials and products.
Copies of "Retreading: Safety, Environment, Economy" and other tire-related WRAP documents may be downloaded free of charge from http://www.wrap.org.uk/materials/tyres.