The City of
Santa Monica’s Resource Recovery & Recycling Division (RRR)
has discovered an afterlife for tires.
By recycling tires into crumb
rubber, RRR has created a few innovative products for everyday use.
These products include rubber bumpers, curb ramps, and a boardwalk to the
Thanks to a grant from California’s Resource
Recycling and Recovery Department (CalRecycle) Tire Derived Product
grant program, over five thousand tires were diverted from landfills,
incineration and illegal dumping.
Rubber Bumpers for Enclosures
bumpers are currently installed in trash enclosures to alleviate
damages to walls and doors when pushing and pulling trash,
recycling and food waste bins to the trucks for collection.
Approximately, 2500 passenger tire equivalents were
reused for this purpose and not sent to the landfill.
Four hundred and forty passenger tire equivalents were diverted from
landfills and recycled into curb ramps.
These rubber ramps
are stored in the collection vehicles and are designed to fit snugly in
the curb gutters.
City staff pushing and pulling recycling trash and food
waste bins can easily maneuver the very heavy dumpsters off of the curbs
to the collection trucks.
As a result, injuries
to employees have lessened when using this tire derived
Boardwalk to the Sea
boardwalk to the Sea has been installed on the beach north of the Santa
As an extension to the existing wooden boardwalk, 298 rubberized planks offer individuals with
disabilities (ADA) access to the sea at high tide.
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