Nothing is considered garbage to Rubberform Recycled Products. The Lockport company uses a technique called compression molding to turn old scrap tires and computer parts into items like wheel stops for parking lots and sign bases that hold stop signs at places like Wegmans. Now company vice president Deborah Robbins says Rubberform is helping to find new life for old conveyor belts. "We're going to take old conveyor belts from quarries and mines and cut them out and we have a customer in Texas who makes them into dock bumpers," Robbins said. "So again were try to find other recyclable materials to keep out of the waste stream."
Rubberform's new die cutting equipment just came in last week and they'll begin turning old conveyor belts into parts for loading dock bumpers next week. Robbins says she also hopes to acquire old belts from factories across the Northeast.