• Environmental Sustainability

Every time you use a retread, you contribute to protecting the environment. Retreading is recycling. Retreading involves the re-use of most of the original tyre “casing” and replaces the worn tread with a new tread, delivering the same balance of performance as the original product. Retreading a truck tyre consumes significantly less oil to produce than a new tyre, both in raw materials (many of which are made from oil derivatives) and energy consumed in the manufacturing process.

It has been estimated that approximately 26 litres of oil are consumed to retread a truck tyre, as to the 83 litres required to manufacture a new tyre. The energy alone needed to retread a tyre also has been estimated to require roughly 70% less energy than manufacturing a new one.

In 2017 alone, Bandag and its franchise network recorded scrapping of nearly 40,000 tyres. This figure excludes tyres scrapped outside the Bandag network and those within the network that have not been reported on. With an estimated annual sales of 2.2 million replacement TBR tyres sold in South Africa alone, the landfill for scrap tyres is increasing every day.

Also according to the USA Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): “A tyre’s physical structure, durability, and heat-retaining characteristics make these stockpiles a potential threat to human health and the environment.

The curved shape of a tyre allows rainwater to collect and creates an ideal habitat for rodents and mosquitoes. Prone to heat retention, tyres in stockpiles also can ignite, creating fires that are difficult to extinguish and can burn for months, generating unhealthy smoke and toxic oils.”

While there are more uses for scrap tyres than ever before, the best way to deal with scrap tyres is to avoid generating them – i.e., retread them. The EPA cites the following benefits of retreaded tyres:

The EPA also states that: “Retread tyres not only offer considerable environmental and economic benefits, but they also provide quality, comfort, and safety comparable to that of new tyres.”

Considering that more than 1 million truck tyres are retreaded in South Africa annually, and thus remain out of tyre piles and landfills, retreads make a significant contribution to cleaning up the environment.