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The Benefits of Rubber Mulch

You might think that putting fresh tires on your car or truck means the old set will end up in the dump. Thanks to some creative thinking on the part of entrepreneurs around the world, worn down tire tread isn’t the end of a rubber tire’s life cycle.

First implemented as padding on a handful of playgrounds, today, the use of rubber mulch has spread to an incredible degree. The many benefits of recycled rubber mulch have caused a surge in popularity since its creation – evolving from the use of old tires in schoolyards in the 1960’s. Rubber mulch is now keeping kids, yards, and businesses safe from harm, and doing so better than it’s wood alternative.

How Is Recycled Rubber Mulch Made?

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Once they’ve reached the end of their lives on the road, rubber tires of all shapes and sizes are salvaged, thoroughly cleaned, and then broken apart. Once their steel bands are removed, the remaining pieces of rubber tire are ground up into little bits; resulting in generic, black rubber mulch that look similar to wood chips.

From here, colors are added to create different styles, and then the final product is packaged for individual and commercial use. Depending on the needs of the consumer, additional processing for size or colors may be required for specific projects in city parks, landscaping projects, and commercial designs.

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It’s no surprise that rubber mulch is heavier, as well as denser, than wood options. However, rubber mulch is also shock-absorbent, meaning that it’s great for use in parks and playgrounds where safety is key.

But, safety is just the beginning of the benefits of rubber mulch.

Benefits of Recycled Rubber Mulch

In addition to the apparent safety benefits, rubber can be utilized in a multitude of projects from construction to large-scale landscaping projects. Additional benefits of rubber mulch include:

  • A lower overall cost. Although rubber mulch costs more up front, it is cheaper in the long term since it doesn’t degrade like wood mulch or other natural alternatives.
  • Because rubber mulch does not absorb water like wood mulch, surfaces topped with rubber mulch retain more moisture as water and fertilizer to reach the soil beneath.
  • Insects, pests and unwanted weeds find it difficult to take root in rubber mulch.
  • Installed projects made with rubber mulch can last longer than 20 years and require less maintenance than wood.
  • Rubber mulch is mostly weatherproof, and has been known to stand up to hazardous weather like snowstorms, thunderstorms, and even hurricanes.

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Rubber mulch has come under fire in the past over concerns that longtime exposure to the chemicals used to make tires might cause harm to children, pets, and the ground itself. To date, however, there have been no studies produced that indicate rubber mulch poses a toxic hazard. Rubber mulch is, by all accounts, completely safe.

Another obvious, but sometimes overlooked aspect of rubber mulch is that it’s made from recycled tires. Recycled rubber mulch is helping to reduce our global carbon footprint by taking a product that once ended up in landfills or being burned in dangerous tire fires and recycling it into a usable, safe resource in towns and cities alike.

Capitalize on the Benefits of Rubber Mulch Tire Recycling Solutions With GK

Rubber mulch is just one of the exciting innovations that have come from recycling tires. With the right equipment, this environmentally-friendly process can also be incredibly appealing to several industries. All you need is the proper infrastructure.

At General Kinematics we have a vast assortment of state-of-the-art equipment like our FINGER-SCREEN™️ Primary Vibratory Screen and Rotary Trommel to help aid in your tire recycling needs. Our highly skilled team of customer service personnel and technicians can design and build you a custom solution for your onsite processes. No matter where you are in the world, General Kinematics can come to your aid.

Contact us today and see why recyclers around the world choose GK vibratory equipment.

General Kinematics Corporation, incorporated in 1960, was established to market, design, and custom fabricate innovative vibratory equipment for the foundry, recycling, mining, and processing industries. Today the company continues as one of the world’s largest suppliers of vibratory processing equipment and has evolved into an industry-leading EPC firm. Headquartered in Crystal Lake, IL, General Kinematics has seven global locations providing engineering and support to a world-wide customer base. GK is a third generation, family-owned company and is ISO 9001 certified.

4 thoughts on "The Benefits of Rubber Mulch"

  1. I think that mulch has great nutritional value for plants. I like what you said about tire recycling in order to make rubber mulch. My friend wants to liven up his garden, so I’ll help him find some mulch.

  2. I found it interesting how you listed a number of benefits to using rubber mulch including that it is more cost-effective, and is mostly weatherproof. My sister and her husband have been looking for something to put under the playground they have in their backyard to keep their kids safe. I will have to let them know that black rubber mulch would be a great option for them.

  3. I can see how it could be really useful for a business to make sure that their playground or area can ave some soft material on the bottom. Getting some rubber mulch from a professional could be really useful for them. It was interesting to learn about how it doesn’t retain water and weeds and pests can’t get in there, as well as being less costly.

  4. I like that you mentioned how bugs and pests won’t live in rubber mulch as much as they do wood mulch. I feel like every time I went out to the playground in elementary school I would always see bugs and get wood chips in my shoes. I wish that the school would have used rubber mulch instead of woodchips.

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