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.

LEED Certification – Good for you and the Environment

With all the interest in “green” building practices, recycling, and reuse, LEED Certification is the buzz word that ties it all together. But if you’re new to the recycling idea (and a little behind the times), you probably don’t know what LEED certification really means.

What is LEED Certification?

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to set a benchmark for design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings.

According to everblue(TM), a training company for green industries,

When a building is LEED certified, it means an independent third-party has verified that the building meets the specified standards in such things as energy efficiency, air quality, water savings and use of materials that have been recycled or otherwise meet the LEED standards. LEED is a globally recognized label that means the building and it’s furnishings save money and energy, but still provide a high degree of functionality.

There are five basic categories of LEED certification.

  • Building Design & Construction – Includes standards for new building construction and old buildings being rehabbed.
  • Green Interior Design & Construction – Covers commercial and retail interiors being redesigned as part of a larger building.
  • Green Building Operations & Maintenance – For existing buildings to measure energy efficiency and make improvements.
  • LEED For Homes – Designed for residential use, this program is similar to the Energy Star program for home applicances.
  • LEED For Neighborhood Development – Integrates principles of green design into neighborhood planning.

RubberForm Recycled Products has built a successful business on removing millions of discarded rubber tires from landfills. It is estimated that there is one scrap tire for every person each year. This amount of waste has become impossible to manage. Designing and manufacturing useful products out of this waste material, is a win for the environment and a win for business. Contact us to discuss our full line of recycled products for industrial, commercial and residential uses. We can also custom design products per your specifications.

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!