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.