Schwalbe, as the world's leading manufacturer of bicycle tyres, uniquely takes responsibility for the return and recycling of used bicycle tyres of various brands. The carefully thought-out closed-loop system is characterised by a proactive promotion of energy and resource conservation and brings about a remarkable reduction of 80% in CO2 emissions. This holistic recycling initiative received the prestigious Eurobike Innovators Prize award.
The challenges of collecting, recycling and reusing used tyres are much more complex at Schwalbe than in the case of inner tubes. This system is based on many years of research and a well thought-out logistics concept to successfully initiate the entire process. In order to cover the continuous costs of the tyre recycling process (non-profit), Schwalbe charges dealers a fee for collecting the tyre containers. At the same time, dealers are free to charge an appropriate contribution from their customers for dropping off used tyres.