Motorists should look for the 'Responsible Retailer' badge if they want to protect the environment when changing old or damaged tyres.
Under the new recycling scheme firms can only be awarded the honour if they meet tough guidelines and standards of best practice in the industry.
Motor Codes, the motor industry's self-regulatory body, the Environment Agency and the Independent Garage Association's 'Trust My Garage' scheme have all added their support to the initiative. Drivers who opt to do business with 'Responsible Retailers' can be reassured that the tyres taken from their vehicles by garages andbreakdown organisations will be reprocessed legally and in an environmentally friendly way.
In the past drivers had no idea what tyre retailers were doing with old tyres, according to Mike Wilson, president of theTyre Recovery Association . 'Responsible retailers' will undergo independent checks to make sure tyres are going to authorised firms which dispose of them properly.
Around 40 million old tyres are taken off vehicles every year in the UK and it is has been illegal to leave them at landfill sites since 2006.
Drivers now pay a small percentage of the cost of new tyres to find ways to dispose of old ones and this is leading to new uses, such as underlay for carpets, artificial sports fields and running track surfaces.
Copyright Press Association 2013