In most situations, retread tires can be driven under the same conditions and at the same speeds as new tires with no loss in safety or comfort. In fact, retread tires have been safely used on school buses, trucks, cars, fire engines, and other emergency vehicles for years. Retreading tires also helps conserve a valuable nonrenewable resource-oil. Every year, retreading saves more than 400 million gallons of oil in North America. Retread tires also help divert thousands of scrap tires from disposal each year.
EPA recommends that procuring agencies establish preference programs consisting of two components:
Procurement of tire retreading services for the
agencies' used tire casings:
EPA recommends that procuring agencies specify that tire repair and retread services must conform to Federal Specification ZZ-T-441H (or current version).
Procurement of tires through competition between vendors
of new tires and vendors of retread tires:
EPA recommends that procuring agencies specify that retread tires must meet the requirements of Federal Specification ZZ-T-381, "Tires, Pneumatic, Vehicular (Highway) (New and Retreaded).
of Manufacturers and Suppliers
This database identifies manufacturers and suppliers of retread tires.
The General Services Administration (GSA's) Federal Supply Schedule Group 26, Part 1 offers retread tires for purchase. In addition, GSA publishes various supply catalogues, guides, and schedules for recycled-content products available through the Federal Supply Service.
Buy-Recycled Series: Vehicular Products (PDF) (8 pp, 129K, About PDF)
This fact sheet highlights the vehicular products designated in the CPG, including retread tires, and includes case studies, recommended recovered content levels, and a list of resources.
Technical Background Documents
Technical background information on retread tires was published in the Federal Register on February 17, 1989 (54 FR 46558) and codified at 40 CFR 247. This product designation was one of five incorporated in CPG I/RMAN I on May 1, 1995 (60 FR 21370-21386).