Minnesota lead wheel weights ban becomes Law

January 1st, 2016 is your deadline date

Act today and inform your customers on non-lead alternatives!Plasteel®, your best alternative to lead, is made of steel and plastic. Both of these products can be recycled easily without causing any damage to the environment.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies steel as 100% environmentally responsive. According to California EPA, steel wheel weights are the best overall alternative to lead since steel has lower environmental and human health impacts and propensity to be made from recycled material. In comparison, the EPA and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) have put zinc on the list of hazardous substances. Zinc is considered by the EPA to be secondary water contaminant.

“As malleable as lead” is a comment that we often hear from Plasteel® users. The plastic shell is much softer than steel or zinc. It is even softer than lead which is why it feels very pliable.

Minnesota signed the state’s lead wheel weights bill into law a few months ago and it will become the seventh state to ban lead wheel weights completely. California, Maine, Vermont, Illinois, New York and Washington State also have legislation banned lead weights. The new law includes a ban on the installation, sale and distribution of lead wheel weights. It also requires proper recycling of all lead weights that are removed from vehicles.