WASHINGTON (April 19, 2005) — Only about half of all tire dealers properly recycle their lead wheel weights with wheel weight manufacturers or battery recyclers, according to the preliminary results of a Tire Industry Association (TIA) member survey.
The Environmental Protection Agency is considering a ban on lead, which would force tire dealers to move to steel wheel weights or something else much more expensive than lead, said Becky MacDicken, TIA government affairs director. “The EPA says there's 21 million pounds of lead out there that's unaccounted for, between what's purchased and what's recycled,” she said.
“We think that's way high, but unfortunately about 50 percent of our people aren't recycling wheel weights like they should. We need to do some educational outreach.”
TIA asked its members to return the survey by March 25.