California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

Tire-Derived Product (TDP) Descriptions and Case Studies

Retreads

Retreads are used tires (called “casings”) that have received a new tread. Casings are first inspected to ensure they are in suitable condition. Then worn tread is buffed away, and a new tread is bonded to the casing in a manner similar to how a new tire is made. The rubber buffings from retreader operations or tire processors are used to make tire-derived products such as rubber landscape and playground bark and molded rubber products.

Thanks to advances in technology and rubber chemistry, tire retreading practices have improved to the point where retread tires perform as good, or even better, than new tires. Millions of retreads are safely used on commercial and military jets, school and municipal buses, small package delivery services, the U.S. Postal Service, as well as on fire engines and other emergency vehicles, taxis, race cars, and all types of commercial vehicles. The proven safety and reliability of today's retreads, along with their favorable economics compared to new tires, is spurring continued retreading growth. The environmental and economic benefits of retreading supported establishment of a federal Executive Order (13149) mandating use of retreads on government vehicles whenever possible.

 

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Disclaimer: Product benefits and standards testing and documentation may vary according to specific products and vendors. CalRecycle makes no warranty, express or implied, and assumes no liability for the information provided in this website. References to individual businesses and their commercial products do not constitute an endorsement by CalRecycle. The information contained in this website is not complete, and is provided as a convenience to our website visitors and for informational purposes only

Last updated: January 28, 2016
Tire-Derived Products (TDP), http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Tires/Products/
Jennifer Caldwell, Jennifer.Caldwell@CalRecycle.ca.gov, (916) 341-6490