LlantasQCOSTARICA – The government has ordered all public institutions to retread – to a maximum of two times – the tires of all state automobiles in an effort to reduce costs, generate less waste and mitigate the effects of climate change.

The decree signed this morning (Tuesday) by President Luis Guillermo Solís and the minister of Health (Ministro de Salud), Fernando Llorca.

Figures provided by the Ministry of Health (Ministerio de Salud) indicate that the country produces 281.000 tires and imports about one million.

The government order also states that public institutions should purchase tires from producers and importers offering retreading.

The Ministry of Health will be responsible to monitor compliance, and meanwhile the Ministry of Finance (Ministerio de Hacienda) will provide quarterly reports of purchases.