Plastic and Rubber Materials

Recycled Tire Rubber

Vehicle tires are among the largest and most problematic sources of waste; approximately one tire is discarded per person per year. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reported that 290 million tires were scrapped in 2003. Due to the large volume of tire waste, landfills are minimizing their acceptance of used tires. And, due to the health and environmental risks associated with the stockpiling tires, many state and local governments are looking to find new uses for discarded tires.

We have applied for and received various grants from the State of California to develop manufacturing processes using recycled rubber tires. Today we are recognized as a leader in the manufacturer of traffic safety products using recycled rubber. We have developed a manufacturing process that integrates post-consumer molded crumb rubber into the weighted base of many of our products. The use of the cheaper crumb rubber material provides a significant cost advantage to competing products currently available in the market.

Recycled Plastics

Plastics are derived from petroleum and natural gas, and have very high energy content. For decades, we have been using recycled plastics rather than virgin materials whenever possible in our manufacturing processes to promote responsible environmental stewardship. Like most recycled materials, recycled plastic is not always equal in strength and durability to virgin material. In response, we have designed our products and manufacturing processes around the use of recycled plastic to ensure that our products meet all required testing and longevity requirements mandated in the many jurisdictions where our products are installed and used. In selecting suitable recycled materials, we look for the highest post-consumer recycled content available that is consistent with our product and manufacturing requirements.

An example of a product specifically designed to be manufactured from post-consumer recycled content is the CUDO Cube. We co-developed this product with CUDO Stormwater Products, Inc. as an arched shaped cube that can be snapped together to provide a customized water management system. Our design incorporates the use of recycled polypropylene plastic to produce a modular product with superior structural integrity.

Under the Clean Water Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is charged with setting standards for controlling the discharge of pollutants conveyed into our streams, rivers and oceans. One of the sources of water pollution is the run-off of rainwater from private properties, parking lots and streets. Regulations in various states require the retention or detention of rainwater as opposed to allowing the run-off to carry land based pollution into our streams, rivers and oceans. Additionally, the CUDO system enables the harvesting of rainwater for water conservation purposes. Our CUDO Cube was specifically designed as an environmentally sustainable product that is economical to produce, easy to install and provides a viable solution to meet water quality standards for surface water contamination