Tire industry works to eliminate lead from waste
Tire companies, big box stores and the government
are putting the brakes on the use of lead wheel
weights. Through EPA’s National Lead-Free Wheel
Weight Initiative, partners have agreed to phase
in the use of lead-free alternative wheel weights.
EPA estimates that 50 million pounds of lead per
year are used for wheel weights in cars and light
trucks. It is common for wheel weights to come off
easily when a vehicle is in operation. Lead-containing
wheel weights also add lead into the waste stream
at the end of product life.
The charter members include Firestone Complete Auto
Care; Firestone Racing; Goodyear Tire and Rubber
Co.; Costco Wholesale; Wal-Mart Tire and Lube Express;
Sam’s Club Tire and Battery Centers; Wal-Mart Transportation;
Hennessy Industries Inc.; Perfect Equipment; 3M
Automotive Division; the U.S. Air Force; U.S. Postal
Service; General Services Administration; Ford Motor
Co.; General Motors Corp.; Chrysler; Plombco; the
Association of International Automobile Manufacturers;
the Town of Blacksburg, Virginia; the Ecology Center;
Sierra Club; the Environmental Council of States
and several small businesses.