Garbage men use rubber ramps to move more easily a dumpster on Montana Avenue. The ramps were made from recycled tires. (Photo courtesy city of Santa Monica)

Garbage men use rubber ramps to move more easily a dumpster on Montana Avenue. The ramps were made from recycled tires. (Photo courtesy city of Santa Monica)

Santa Monica’s Resource Recovery & Recycling Division has found a new use for used tires, creating “products for everyday use,” city officials said in a news release Monday.

These products include rubber bumpers, curb ramps and a boardwalk to the sea.

The bumpers have been installed in trash enclosures to protect walls and doors when pushing and pulling trash, recycling and food waste bins at collection time. Approximately 2,500 passenger tire equivalents were used for this project.

Four-hundred-and-forty tires were made into curb ramps to make it easier for garbage men to push and pull recycling, trash and food waste bins on and off of curbs.

The boardwalk to the sea is an extension to the existing wooden boardwalk and uses 298 rubberized planks to offer individuals with disabilities access to the sea at high tide.

Over 5,000 tires were saved from landfills, incineration and illegal dumping as a result of a grant from CalRecycle, California’s Resource Recycling and Recovery Department, city officials said.

 

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