The City of Santa Monica seems to get a lot of money for a lot of prototype projects.
Thanks to a grant from CalRecycle’s Tire Derived Product program, more than 5,000 tires were diverted from landfills, incineration and illegal dumping and used to create innovative products that facilitate life in Santa Monica.
By recycling tires into crumb rubber, the City of Santa Monica’s Resource Recovery & Recycling Division (RRR) has inspired the Boardwalk to the Sea. 298 rubberized planks were recently installed on the beach north of the Santa Monica Pier as an extension to the existing wooden boardwalk. The Boardwalk to the Sea offers individuals with disabilities (ADA) access to the sea at high tide.
Recently, rubber bumpers were installed in trash enclosures to alleviate damage to walls and doors when pushing and pulling trash, recycling and food waste bins to the trucks for collection. It’s estimated approximately 2,500 passenger tire equivalents were reused for the purpose of quieting bin enclosures, diverted them from the landfill.
Another innovation, curb ramps, facilitate city staff in the pushing and pulling or recycling, trash and food waste bins. Designed to fit snugly in the curb gutters, these ramps allow employees to easily maneuver the very heavy dumpsters off of the curbs to the collection trucks. These rubber ramps, made from approximately 440 tires, are stored in the collection vehicles. As a result, injuries to employees have lessened when using this tire derived product.
L.A. County has partnered with CalRecycle in using scrap tires in roadway rehabilitation projects. Scrap tires could be used to make rubberized asphalt concrete and slurry for use on road maintenance and resurfacing projects. It has many advantages and benefits over regular asphalt concrete. The County uses it in many of its street rehabilitation projects and chances are you have driven on rubberized asphalt concrete.
In Los Angeles County, approximately 10 million waste tires are generated annually.