Keep The Green Going: Recycle and Reuse
According to Bruce Davis of Tire Business, North America had $46.8 billion in tire sales during 2015. That's a lot of tires. Haven’t you sometimes wondered what happens to all those old tires you throw out? Unfortunately, the answer often is, “not much.” As many as 375 million of them wind up stockpiled at any given time.
The good news is some scrap tires are converted to or processed into another use. Among those end uses are tire-derived fuel which provides a cleaner alternative to coal as fuel, civil engineering projects like road and landfill construction, and ground rubber for products like 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.
“BRIDJIT is proud to help reduce this environmental problem and lead our country's sustainability efforts,” John Curry, BRIDJIT Curb Ramps founder & president, says.
Here’s how it’s done:
- Consumers replace their tires, and their old tires are collected.
- 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: fitness mats, playground flooring, and BRIDJIT ramps.
Customers can feel good knowing this product is environmentally friendly.