“Retreads Could Solve Wales’ Environmental Problem”
More businesses using retread tyres could help to solve Wales’ environmental problem, according to The Wales Environment Trust. The trust reports that Wales is threatened by over 26,000 tonnes of waste tyres. Despite the widespread use of retreads by airlines and commercial vehicles across the UK, uptake is said to be slow in Wales.
“I think the main reason businesses are reluctant to make the switch to retreads is the incorrect perception that the quality isn’t as good, but this couldn’t be further from the truth,” said Richard Carter, business development executive at Wales Environment Trust.
“Retreads are subject to even more stringent safety standards than new tyres, so the quality being produced is very high. The proof is in the fact that all UK airlines use retreads on all their planes and safety is a huge priority for them.
“If every commercial vehicle in Wales had retread tyres, it would conserve nearly 7,500 tonnes of material every year, but we need to start now if we are going to solve the problem,” he added
The Wales Environment Trust has been working closely with Rhayader-based Maxsport to educate the public on the environmental benefits on using retreads.
Richard Carter says he has just changed his tyres for Maxsport retreads. “I had no hesitation in putting my trust in retreads and most of the staff at WET are now making the change too. I challenge other organisations and businesses to look at their tyre procurement and fleet management policy and buy the safe option and the best value option,” he commented.
The Wales Environment Trust works with small to medium-sized Welsh organisations to provide them with specialised support to exploit the commercial opportunities of recycling and to create a market for waste products.