WASHINGTON—Team Tire at the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive & Armaments Command (TACOM) has won a recycling award from the Clinton administration for its program in retreading tactical tires. TACOM won in the Affirmative Procurement category of the White House Closing the Circle Awards, announced in May. Its retreading program processed more than 2,500 tires in fiscal 1998, according to the citation, saving the government $540,000.
``As TACOM has demonstrated, we can cost-effectively purchase a quality recycled product—retread tires—without compromising on our performance needs,'' said Federal Environmental Executive Fran McPoland in a prepared statement.
The Closing the Circle Awards are given annually to celebrate outstanding achievement within federal agencies to promote waste reduction, in-house recycling and buying recycled products, said Dana Arnold, Environmental Protection Agency representative to the White House Task Force on Recycling.
Ms. Arnold said she hoped the award would be good advertising for retreads, as well as for the Cooperative Tire Qualification Program, which TACOM instituted to replace the Federal Tire Program the General Services Administration dropped.
To date, the CTQP, which tests and certifies tires for quality, has performed 36 sets of tests, on new and retreaded tires, and 27 federal, state and local agencies are using the program's Cooperative Approved Tire List as a guide to buying tires, said Mark Swift, CTQP administrator.
Harvey Brodsky, managing director of the Tire Retread Information Bureau, is promoting TACOM's recycling award with an eye to those agencies that aren't yet buying retreads.
``There's a White House executive order mandating the purchase of retreads,'' Mr. Brodsky said. ``But the order is not enforced, because it has no teeth. By publicizing the TACOM award, we hope we will induce agencies to take another look at retreads.''