New Life for Old Tires: Rubber Sidewalks

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This is one of the best ideas I’ve heard about to put old tires to good use.  There are so many advantages over concrete for sidewalks to be made from 100% recycled tire rubber. 

The most obvious is keeping some of the millions of old tires out of landfills.  They last about 3 times longer than concrete walkways, as they don’t crack, so maintenance is significantly reduced.  They can also be flipped over to extend their shelf-life.  At the end of their lives, they can even be recycled. 

They don’t suffocate tree roots as air and water can reach down through small seams between the interlocking pavers.  They can also be cut or molded to go around existing tree roots and can be lifted and re-positioned to allow for future root trimming.  This avoids law-suits from people tripping on the upheaval of concrete sidewalks. 

They provide a little bounce for runners, walkers, and rollerbladers, and provide a smooth ride for those in wheelchairs.  Recycled rubber sidewalks even look like concrete, but with the added advantage of several color choices, the look can be customized too.

You might be surprised to learn what’s underfoot in your town as dozens of cities across the U.S. have already made the switch to these innovative sidewalks.

Tag(s): Going Green, Green Building, Green Travel, The Great Green Outdoors

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