When people call us and tell us about just what their driveways do to their cars, we are always astounded. A quick search on YouTube clearly shows that this problem happens everywhere with all kinds of cars. First watch this Ferrari that goes up on 3 wheels just to back out! Crazy!
Old, used tires are a large problem in our landfills because of their large quantities and they take up so much valuable space. There are approximately 270 million old tires added to the US land fill each year. Tire dumps are also know to harbor vermin and mosquitoes, creating unsafe health conditions. Due to heavy metals and a series of other pollutants, dumped tires can leech into groundwater, again affecting the help of our communities.
At Bridjit, we are very happy to say we have now recycled 38,000 tires in the production of our curb ramps. We decided to use old rubber tires over other available recycled products because of their never-ending supply, their durability, and the great problems they create in our communities – we wanted to get them out of the landfills and put them to good use!
We use Crumb rubber, old tires processed to remove steel and fluff, to create a granular material that provides flexibility for manufacturing and the durability we all know from using tires on our cars. It’s really a great product. The crump rubber provides the ability to adjust the density for durability and weight needed to keep our ramps in place without having to bolt them down.
We’re excited to be able to create a great product while still being great stewards for our environment.
Haven’t you sometimes wondered what happens to all those old tires you throw out? Unfortunately, the answer is often, “not much.” As many as 275 million of them wind up stockpiled at any given time. But if those of us at Bridjit had our way, they would all be reborn as Bridjit ramps!
At Bridjit, it’s always Earth Day. We don’t feel we should be environmentally conscious one day in April; rather, it’s a year-round commitment. Every Bridjit rubber curb ramp set represents 12 passenger tires that have been productively recycled. Says Bridjit Ramp’s founder/president John Curry, “Bridjit is proud to help reduce this environmental problem and lead our country’s sustainability efforts.”
- A tire recycling operation reduces scrap tires to small chips, removing all the fiber and wire.
- The chips are ground into a fine powder known as crumb rubber.
- This rubber is used to make products from fitness mats, to playground flooring, to Bridjit ramps.