Thursday, January 26, 2012

If It Is Thursday It's Going Green - Mandatory Take-Back Programs

Did you know that there are Mandatory Take-Back Programs?

Certain items are required by law to be accepted by retailers or manufacturers. Whenever you have a product to take back, call before you go to ensure that retailers are complying with the law.

The following list indicates some of the mandatory items: auto batteries, bottles and cans, cell phones, motor oil, rechargeable batteries, plastic bags, paper, sharps and tires.

Personal Auto Tires

Used tires dumped at the side of the road, in vacant lots, or along railroad tracks are unsightly and provide a breeding site for mosquitoes that could potentially carry the West Nile virus.

Improper maintenance can reduce tire life by 50 percent. You can extend the life of your tires by taking a few minutes each month to check the pressure and tread depth.


Buy retreaded tires. Retreading bonds new tread to the existing tire body using a process very similar to the manufacture of a new tire. You don’t have to pay to dispose of the old tire, and the retread is 30 to 50 percent cheaper than a new tire. Two studies conducted by the American Retreaders Association (ARA) concluded that residual body strength in worn tires is at least equal to that of new tires, in some cases doubling the standards requirement of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Federal Motor Vehicle Safety standard test, which applies to all new tires. Retread tires are also regulated by the standards set by the NHTSA.


When buying new tires, bring back your old ones to be recycled. Businesses that sell or install tires must take back tires of approximately the same size that they sell. People can recycle up to the same amount of tires that they buy new. The fee for the collection of old tires is included in the cost of new tires. If a service station or retailer refuses your used tires, contact the Region 2 Office of your state.

If you have old tires to get rid of, New York residents can drop off up to four passenger car tires at any NYC Department of Sanitation garage between 8 am and 4 pm, Monday through Saturday, except holidays. Check the Sanitation website for the location of the nearest garage. Tires are collected by a contractor and taken to a facility where they are converted to electricity. Check out the regulations of the state or municipality where you live and hopefully you will find that there are regulations governing recycling. If not, I urge you to make requests of you local government to get such a program started.

Remember the slogan: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Repair

"Together we can make a difference."


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