Other Programs and Initiatives
The Resource Conservation Challenge (RCC) is a major national effort by the U.S. EPA to find flexible, yet more protective ways to conserve our valuable resources through waste reduction and energy recovery activities that will improve public health and the environment.
The RCC challenges all Americans - makers of goods, sellers of goods, and buyers of goods to:
- Prevent pollution and promote recycling and reuse
- Reduce priority chemicals at all life cycle stages
- Conserve energy and materials
Scrap tires is one challenge area targeted by the RCC. Further information on this challenge area can be found here.
Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS), in Ontario, Canada, operates the province-wide Used Tires Program, an effort to divert tires away from landfilling and burning through reduction, reuse, and recycling. OTS works to ensure that Ontario’s scrap tires are properly managed, drives innovation in recycled rubber product applications, and fosters economic conditions to expand the market for tire-derived products. For more information, visit www.ontariots.ca.
The One Team, One Planet Spent Tire Program is Bridgestone Americas’ multifaceted voluntary product stewardship program to reclaim the company’s tires sold in the United States. The program aims to eventually ensure that for every new tire the company sells in the U.S., a spent tire will be put towards reuse, recycling, or energy recovery. Bridgestone has committed that all tires collected through company-owned stores, such as Firestone Complete Auto Care and Tires Plus, will be sent to valuable use. As part of the program, Bridgestone is also launching a voluntary dealer program to encourage waste reduction by affiliated retailers, and is partnering with River Network to sponsor free recycling of tires collected during community cleanup events. For more information, visit www.OneTeamOnePlanet.com.
The US EPA’s Comprehensive Procurement Guide has information on recommended recycled content ranges for retread tires. Retreading saves more than 400 million gallons of oil in North America each year, and retread tires help divert thousands of scrap tires from disposal annually. For more information, visit the following URL: http://www.epa.gov/osw/conserve/tools/cpg/products/retread.htm
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