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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