A new stretch of boardwalk installed along Santa Monica Beach is one of a few projects created in the city with the use of recycled tires.
City Resource Recovery and Recycling Division staff say they have discovered an afterlife for tires by recycling them into crumb rubber for some innovative products for everyday use.
The products include rubber bumpers, curb ramps and a “boardwalk to the sea.” Due to a grant from California’s Resource Recycling and Recovery Department (CalRecycle) Tire Derived Product grant program, over 5,000 tires were diverted from landfills, incineration and illegal dumping for city projects.
With the recycled material, rubber bumpers were installed in trash enclosures to alleviate damages to walls and doors when pushing and pulling trash, recycling and food waste bins to the trucks for collection.
According to the recycling division, 440 passenger tire equivalents were diverted from landfills and recycled into curb ramps, which are stored in the collection vehicles and are designed to fit easily in the curb gutters. Staff pushing and pulling recycling trash and food waste bins can now easily maneuver the heavy dumpsters off of the curbs to the collection trucks, reducing the potential for injuries, staff said.
The new “boardwalk to the sea” installed on the beach north of the Santa Monica Pier was built with 298 rubberized planks. The walkway offers an extension to the existing wooden boardwalk for beachgoers and individuals with disabilities.

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