(Porous Pave is a pour-in-place permeable paving material made in Michigan with recycled rubber. As an EGLE grantee, the company, located in Grant, Mich., has completed projects around Michigan and throughout the country. Today's edition of MI Environment talks with Matt Lamb, Porous Pave's vice president of sales and marketing, about tire recycling.)
What opportunities are there in Michigan to recycle tires?
Our installations have used over 15 million pounds of scrap tires, the majority of them coming from Michigan. As we grow as a company, our usage of Michigan recycled tires continues to grow.
What did EGLE's grant help you with?
The purpose of the grant was to increase productivity as it helped us acquire a paver and mobile mixing unit (a mixer/skid steer combo that enables us to mix material as it is being transported).
What benefit do you get from having that equipment?
The mobile mixing and paver increase our productivity, which enables us to do installations more cost effectively and on a larger scale. The paver also automates most of the installation of the material itself, which positively impacts quality.
Have you used that equipment for any projects in Michigan?
This system was recently used for a pathway on Lake Michigan in Ludington. Now that we have some experience with this system it will certainly see more Michigan usage in the future.
How did you get involved with the 911 Memorial and is it the most unusual or unique project you've been involved with?
Ellen Saracini, whose husband was the captain of United Flight 175, which struck the World Trade Center's south tower, originally reached out to us for the The Garden of Reflection 9/11 Memorial Project. We had also recently completed an installation of our product at the Amazing Grace Park in honor of Reverend Senator Clementa Pinckney. Rev. Pinckney was murdered with eight others at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston in 2015.
Porous Pave has been used for all kinds of crazy and unique installations. But one of my favorites is the Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens in Midland, which is the nation's longest canopy walk. The use of Porous Pave was instrumental in preserving the trees and enabled installation of the pathway without excavation.
Photo caption: Porous Pave's permeable path under the canopy walk at Whiting Forest in Midland. Photo credit: Porous Pave