Five Benefits of Recycling Rubber

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Why should we be recycling rubber? We’re surrounded by rubber; whether you’re on the road, in a parking lot, or driving your car, rubber is all around you. 

Rubber is a versatile substance used for a wide range of applications, some of these applications we use regularly or see used on a daily basis.   

Whether you’re using rubber for a sign base or curbing system, it’s bound to find its way to your business, your construction site, and even your parking lot.

RubberForm is known for its use of recycled rubber and plastics. Using recycled materials is an innovative way to be a part of the green initiative, and RubberForm’s way of being part of the solution to the fossil fuel and waste crisis. 

Our products are made from 100% American recycled rubber.  You’ll find that some of our products are made with recycled scrap tire crumb rubber, such as our portable sign bases, a go-to when considering curbside pickup for your business. 

We’re here to talk about the benefits of using recycled rubber and why it is important for the environment, but you might be wondering: what exactly is recycled rubber? What is tire crumb rubber? We’re here to answer those questions for you:

 

Recycled Rubber

Recycled rubber is the rubber that has been reused from scrap materials, such as used tires. RubberForm sources these used tires from High Tread International Inc, a tire-shredding facility that is located in Lockport, NY.  

recycling reclaimed rubber

Crumb Rubber 

When reducing scrap tires or other rubber into uniform granules, you are inherently creating crumb rubber. This process includes removing contaminants such as dust, glass, rock, steel, or fiber.  

Why should I use recycled rubber products?

 

Resolves Landfill Issues:

We’ve said it before – rubber is a substance that is used regularly in many industries. Every day people rely on their rubber tires to get them to and from work. However, we know tires don’t last forever. So what happens to your old tires when you’re ready to buy new ones?

Sometimes, they end up in landfills, though this is not always the case (we’ll get to that part later). Landfills are overwhelmed due to the exuberant amounts of trash they receive, so by recycling and using recycled rubber products, you alleviate the problem by not adding to it. 

 

Innovative Creations:

Most of us who drive have probably driven over speed bumps or speed humps (yes, there is a difference). At RubberForm, these products are made with recycled rubber. Recycled rubber also allows us to make a plethora of other creations, like spill containment berms, curbing systems, trackout control mats, to name a few. 

Our quality rubber products are used by urban planners, construction workers, and also serve residential purposes. Whether it be to design safer parking lots or work areas, there is always a use for our products. 

 

Reduces Pollution:

Remember how we mentioned that tires sometimes end up in landfills? Due to tires being large, bulky, and taking up lots of space, landfills won’t always accept them. If tires aren’t being put in landfills, they have to go somewhere. Unfortunately, they sometimes end up in our oceans or rivers, destroying marine life. They are also illegally discarded in woods or roadsides, or other random places in nature. By dumping tires in various places, you are contributing to pollution. Recycling tires decreases your overall carbon footprint as well as greenhouse gases emissions. 

 

Boosts Your Local Economy:

This one may seem obvious, but it’s worthy of mentioning. Afterall, where would RubberForm be without recycled rubber products? It is our speciality and a material we take pride in using. To add, the rubber recycling industry is a hub for job creation. 

John Dunham and Associates conducted a study on the significance of the rubber recycling industry. The findings state that this industry “generates more than $1.6 billion annually in economic activity. This includes providing nearly 8,000 good paying jobs (direct and indirect) in all 50 states that generate more than $500 million in employee wages and $182 million in federal, state, and local tax revenues.” 

 

Relieves Environmental Pressure:

Fun fact about rubber: it comes from latex-producing plants. The history of natural rubber dates back to 1600 B.C. Today, we seek alternative sources for rubber, which is an extremely beneficial thing for the environment due to the complicated process of growing and harvesting these plants. The high demand for rubber is no competition for the natural but lengthy, laborious process. 

From playing your part with keeping our planet green, to providing thousands of jobs, recycled rubber is the most efficient path to take when you’re in need of rubber products. 

Have a question about any of the products we mentioned? Call us today to learn more about these products, or to learn more about our company.

The Best Speed Bumps Options On The Market

2.5 inch speed bump

Why You Need to Learn About RubberForm’s Different Speed Bumps

 

Are you looking for the best speed bumps on the market? Many business owners are. Speeding is a factor in many vehicular accidents; it gives drivers less time to respond and it can increase the severity of an accident. Traffic calming tools have been proven to be an effective way to slow down speeding drivers. 

One such traffic calming device is a speed bump. Speed bumps use vertical deflection to slow down drivers and improve safety traffic conditions for both drivers and pedestrians. 

RubberForm offers three different types of speed bumps. You might be wondering, “why? Isn’t a speed bump just, well, a speed bump?” Well, yes, but also no. Ultimately, our speed bumps have a main function – to encourage drivers to slow down. However, speed bumps can come in various lengths and heights. 

Let’s take a closer look: 

 

RubberForm MLSB Speed Bump:

Rubber Speed Bumps (MLSB)

Instead of using spikes, lag bolts, and adhesives, buy our MLSB 2.5” which is targeted for traffic speeds below 10 mph. If temporary, you can simply put it down and link them together as needed, and rest assured they will stay in place. However, if you’re going for permanent or semi-permanent use, we recommend anchoring them. 

Perhaps you may have better use for our MLSB 3” or MLSB 4” speed bump. These portable and freestanding bumps are ideal for construction sites or wherever you may have aggressive traffic.  They are ideal for temporary traffic stops and slow traffic to 3-5 mph. 

The 4” is ideal for high-weight vehicles. The more units you buy, the better: several units can give you unlimited strength and coverage. 

Please note, our MLSB  4” is not recommended for pedestrian traffic or normal vehicle use. 

Another perk of our portable rubber speed bump is that they feature a dovetail design which allows for unlimited connectivity. Customers have the opportunity to create the exact length they need. 

Height plays a factor into your desired speed limit, and is something we can accommodate for you! 

 

RubberForm RK-10 Speed Bump:

Speed Bumps (RK)

The RK-10 speed bump is easy to deploy, install, and recover. It also allows for buyers to add additional center modules for custom lengths.

Worried about vehicle damage? No need to fret, our highly visible speed bumps will effectively slow down traffic without damaging your vehicle or tires. It’s also just as easy to remove as it is to install. 

Place our RK-10 speed bump on streets or main residential roads to increase pedestrian safety in high traffic areas.  

 

Dirt Road Speed Bumps:

Dirt Road Speed Bumps

Unpaved roads need safety measures, too. We listened to the industry experts and developed a carefully and specially designed earth anchor screw. Combined with our speed bumps, the earth anchor screw allows the speed bumps to be safely secured to dirt roads and gravel roads. 

 

Why Buy RubberForm Speed Bumps?

At RubberForm, we use recycled rubber that is manufactured to withstand extreme temperature and weather conditions. Our rubber also tolerates high traffic volume and constant U.V. light. 

Our durable and long-lasting rubber creates superior speed bumps that are easy to install, making them the best option for you. 

We’d love to chat with you! Call us today and get all of your questions answered. If you’re interested in one of our products, we’ll supply you with all the information you need.

What’s The Difference between Speed Bumps and Speed Humps?

Road installations find themselves in one of those “to-ma-to” and “to-mae-to” situations. Look at speed bumps and speed humps, for example. Everybody uses them interchangeably, nobody knows who’s right, and nobody wants to find out.

However, there’s quite a significant difference between the two. That said, it’s nothing that complicated, speed bumps and speed humps are just different approaches to the same problem; slowing down vehicles.

 

Why Your Facility Needs a Speed Bump

Be it a school, convenience store, parking lot, or a residential neighborhood; all places have transitional spaces where humans and moving vehicles interact.

If you’ve driven around your neighborhood, you have probably seen playgrounds where kids walk across roads. What about restaurants? You’ve witnessed adults exit their vehicles with the delighted kids jumping around as a few cars move nearby.

Because of the number of careless drivers driving drunk or on their phones, lives are usually at risk. Every few years, a minor accident or a near-miss will shake the community for a few weeks. Then everybody will forget until the next one.

 

Where Speed Bumps and Speed Humps Come In

Unlike road signs and traffic lights, speed bumps and speed humps are hard to ignore. Since they are modifications to the actual road, they will bring all cars to slow down.

Moreover, even if a driver is not paying attention, say they’re sleeping, on their phones, or drunk, they jolt the driver back into focus. Speed bumps and humps will give you the option to ensure safety, build trust and possibly go green while at it.

When used in moderation, speed bumps and humps come with a lot of benefits. These pros include:

  • Safety

Speed bumps and speed humps assure your customers that you value their safety and that of their loved ones.

Even if nobody notices or appreciates the little effort, nothing is lost. In fact, you get to sleep better knowing that you did everything possible to keep your customers safe.

If you own a facility that hosts children or teenagers, a speed bump or speed hump is a step in the right direction in terms of safety.

  • Avoid Accidents

Though we may not want to accept it, accidents happen. They are bad for lives, safety, and business. Remember, you don’t want your business to be the scene of a shooting on prime-time news.

Similarly, you don’t want your business to be the scene of an avoidable grisly accident at the prime time news.

 

Speed Zones

Speed bumps and speed humps both slow down vehicles, only at different rates. If you need cars to slow down in a 10-15 mph zone, speed humps will do the job.

Such speeds are necessary around schools, animal crossing, and parks with a consistent flow of traffic.

What if you want cars to slow down to about five mph or even a stop? Well, that’s what they made speed bumps for.

 

Aggressiveness

If you’ve ever driven above a speed bump at 50mph, then you know how aggressive they are. As you’ll see later, the design of the speed bump makes it more aggressive than the speed hump.

In places like hospitals, where ambulances frequently pass through, a speed hump will be a better alternative to a speed bump.

Airports and places with security checks are a different story altogether. A speed bump will do a better job at stopping aggressors who don’t want a security check.

 

Travel Distance

Another big difference between speed bumps and speed humps is the travel distance. This term refers to the width of the raised surface where engineers place the speed bump or hump.

To keep it simple, a speed bump is narrower than a speed hump. Your average speed hump will be 14- 22 feet wide, whereas your average speed bump will be six to four feet wide.

 

Spacing

Due to the difference in aggressiveness, the spacing between speed bumps and speed humps also differs.

Speed bumps are more aggressive and are hence placed at wider intervals. Placing two or three bumps nearby is a disservice to the drivers, and you will soon be receiving complaints.

Since speed humps are mild, you can place two in close proximity. If it’s necessary, you can get away with three speed humps with little or no complaint.

 

Painting

The painting of speed bumps and speed humps is one more difference. As a rule of thumb, engineers paint speed bumps with bright colors like yellow.

Speed humps, on the other hand, get away with lighter colors such as white. The reasoning is that since speed bumps are more aggressive, drivers need to see them from a distance so as to start braking.

For speed humps, drivers can start braking at close range.  However, take note that painting speed humps isn’t mandatory.

 

Complimentary Uses

Since a speed bump has a shorter traveling distance, its uses are limited to just slowing down cars. The same can’t be said about speed humps, however.

By painting a speed hump with white stripes, you can convert it into a pedestrian walk. This strategy serves two purposes; notifying drivers of a speed bump and also allowing pedestrians safe access.

The pedestrian access will go a long way in helping drivers feel less inconvenienced by the speed hump because it gives a motive behind its existence.

 

Installation Time

Given that speed humps have a longer traveling distance than speed bumps, they will take more time to install.

One speed hump can be an equivalent of three or two speed bumps in terms of driving distance, hence the longer installation time.

However, thanks to recent advances in technology, you no longer have to make your speed bumps from asphalt. Your options are endless. You could have rubber speed bumps or even an environmentally friendly option like reclaimed rubber. Both take a much shorter time to install.

 

The Importance Of Speed Bumps/Hump Signs

Whichever option you choose, that bump or hump is only as effective as the sign. Without labeling or informing drivers you turn a well-meaning idea into a potential hazard.

That said, any accident caused due to an unlabeled road modification will be your liability.

It will put your business in the path of potential lawsuits and bring bad press or reputation.

 

Where We Come In

For most businesses, painting a large section of their parking lot is a big no. Many feel that it interferes with the general aesthetics and even branding of their businesses.

This situation only leaves one option; signs.

They don’t take up as much space, are not as aesthetically intrusive, and can be scaled or moved appropriately.

 

Why Rubberform

Well, modern problems require modern solutions and Rubberform is one. We spent the last few decades building capacity to help businesses like yours with their signs. 

Our mission, R&D, on the backdrop of experienced teams, has come with solutions to make your signage issues a thing of the past. As a result, our products are 100% recycled, American made and LEED certified.

 

For more information, contact us today, and we will be more than willing to help.

Outfit your school with parking lot & road safety equipment

With the school year quickly approaching, it is critical that the school addresses the safety of their students, staff and parents picking up their children within their parking lots. These lots are often hectic and stressful areas. People and cars mixed together can become a recipe for disaster if the parking lot is not outfitted with road safety equipment and proper signage.

Go green!

Green technology is very important in today’s society to protect our environment. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle! Schools need to incorporate recycled products into their everyday routines to teach their students the importance of utilizing recycled materials. Parking lot safety equipment, such as the Parking and Road Safety line from RubberForm, is the ideal solution to protect your students, faculty, parents, visitors and of course the environment. Our products are made of 100% recycled rubber and plastic that offer an environmentally friendly alternative to other parking lot products. We promise our products will not only last long, but serve and protect better than their standard counterparts like concrete.

Safety in your parking lot

Safety equipment utilized correctly can not only increase parking lot safety, but improve the flow of traffic and reduce pick up times. Portable sign bases are an ideal solution to mark designated pick-up areas, caution drivers of pedestrians, and post speed limits within the parking lot. Highly visible wheel stops ensure drivers do not drive into unauthorized areas or onto walkways. Speed bumps are critical to ensuring drivers to drive slowly. Delineator curb systems are the perfect solution to channel traffic, as well as separate area of the parking lot. They can also be easily collapse when not in use.

If you would like more information on which products are right for your parking lot, visit our Parking Lot Safety Page or contact us!

The Importance of Traffic Calming

RubberForm Speed Bump used at a checkpoint to slow incoming traffic

Installing devices that slow down motor vehicles or reduces the amount of cars traveling down a street is known as traffic calming. For many reasons, professionals, such as, transportation planners or traffic engineers, implement strategies that force safe driving. The most important motive being to decrease the number of automobile accidents, but also lessening pollution caused by cars.

If your community needs help combating the danger that speeding cars cause pedestrians and motorists, traffic calming is your answer. Our top of the line recycled rubber speed humps and tables force drivers to slow to a rate of 20-30 mph. The durability and easy installation of these products make them a cost friendly response to a life threatening problem.

An increase of safety is achieved with the installation of traffic calming equipment in residential areas. Using products like speed humps and speed tables forces motorists to slow down, and may stop some drivers from traveling down certain streets. More traffic safety, means residence may spend more of their time outside. An increase of pedestrian activity in neighborhoods, means a decline in motor vehicle use. This also results in less pollution for the community.

It may be impossible to stop all traffic accidents from occurring, but using our speed humps and tables will discourage reckless driving and help save lives. All of our products are made in the U.S.A and constructed with 100% recycled rubber and plastic. If you are interested in learning more about our products, or you would like to receive a quote, visit our contact us page.