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Environmental Policy Document


Environment - Bandag & Our Environment

Retreading ...our way to a better environment

When you choose Bandag retreads you choose, consciously or unconsciously, to make a real contribution to the sustainability of our environment.

Why?

Retreading is a highly practical and efficient form of recycling. Retreading makes it possible to re-use worn tyres. Instead of dumping tyres with worn out tread and good sidewalls, they can be rebuilt and put back to work again, and again.

Commitment to the environment

Protecting our environment for future generations is also important to the employees of Bandag. Not only is the retreading process environmentally friendly but in November 2001 Bandag Manufacturing Pty Limited became accredited to ISO 14001 by a third party assessor.

Reduce pollution

Tyre dumps are a major source of pollution. Not only are they an eye-sore, they attract vermin, hold water, create a breeding ground for mosquitoes and, most dangerously, are highly combustible, releasing toxic fumes and dense smoke into the atmosphere when ignited.
With retreading, tyres stay on the road longer so fewer tyres pile up in landfill dumps.

Conserve oil

Studies conducted in the USA show that it takes around 80 litres of crude oil to produce one new truck tyre. With more than one million new truck tyres sold every year in Australia, that’s over 80 million litres of crude oil annually.

On the positive side, to retread a worn truck tyre takes only one fifth of the oil required to produce a new tyre. With approximatley one million truck retreads produced annually in Australia, retreads are already helping to save around 60 million litres of oil every year.

Less energy

Bandag’s unique, advanced Cold Process Retreading technique uses less energy to create a product with a wear performance similar to that of a new tyre.

Whereas some retreads use a hot cap process with temperatures as high as 160 degrees Celsius to cure retreads, Bandag’s specially developed process uses a low 99 degrees to bond the tread to the case.

Depending on its quality and condition, a well constructed truck or bus tyre, can be retreaded 2, 3 or more times, and only one worn tyre casing requires disposal instead of many.

Conserve resources

Let’s face it, our money is a precious resource that demands careful management. That’s why Bandag retreads appeal so much. Quality retreads are a lot less expensive than new tyres.

When you choose Bandag retreads you choose, consciously or unconsciously, to make a real contribution to the sustainability of our environment.

 



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