Month by month, our Weibold Academy series touches different topics from the world of tire recycling and highlights different sides of running this business. If you have missed our previous articles, you can find links in the end of this post.

When we talk about products derived from tire recycling, we often imply crumb rubber or fine rubber powder. The former is the most common material, while the latter – one of the most expensive products of tire recycling. Yet there is another alternative, cheaper in value, but having promising market opportunities – tire-derived rubber mulch.

Rubber mulch from scrap tires is produced in the initial stages of recycling process when input material is shredded several times and separated from steel wires. This yields a thin product of homogenous size, approximately 50 mm long which can be vastly used in landscaping. Below, we describe several ways of how tire-derived rubber mulch can be used. 

Landscaping

One of the biggest fields for tire-derived rubber mulch on the market is landscaping. Tire-derived mulch can easily replace conventional wooden mulch as it does not rot, it does not need to be displaced due to weather, it keeps weeds out and it is not conducive to dissemination of harmful insects.

Also, rubber mulch from tires may become a more economical solution for gardening compared to gravel or even to wooden mulch. It is certainly better than asphalt, and in many climatic conditions the preferred choice over grass lawns due to lower maintenance issues. 

Sports fields

Living an active life and doing sports is fun, but doing sports on the right type of surface can preserve athletes from injuries. Merely playing games like soccer can lead to light injuries, bruises or scraped knees. Besides being more likely to result in injury, gravel does not provide as much traction for running, which means athletes are more likely to stumble and fall. And falling, they are likely to experience greater injuries on gravel than on rubber. At the same time, concrete and asphalt are hard, which means are not the best choice for performing athletics.

In turn, tire-derived rubber mulch can be used on both artificial and natural turf to create safe athletic environments. It works for golf courses, running tracks, soccer fields, and anywhere else where athletes do a lot of running.

In contrast to a wide-spread view, rubber mulch is a product that you do not have to try to make work; it is not a less-desirable replacement for something that works better, it is a good quality environment-friendly product. 

Playgrounds

When it comes to playgrounds, wood mulch can be a right choice. It has numerous advantages over other conventional materials and it is certainly better than asphalt, and it’s preferable to grass lawn. Notwithstanding, injuries are prone to happen on playgrounds with wooden mulch and they prove worse than injuries on playgrounds with rubber mulch.

Playground’s rubber surfaces can be either loose mulch or solid material. The more solid versions, like the surfaces for running tracks, also make it harder for potential dangers like broken glass to hide under grass or wooden chips. Making dangerous materials clearly visible means they can be avoided and easily cleaned up instead of being discovered after the skin contact.

Natural grass under a playground is also a good choice, but it requires a lot of maintenance as it often trampled by kids running over it. In addition, the ground left is being packed down so tight that it becomes much harder than regular dirt. Where grass does survive, it requires resources, including water and regular maintenance like mowing. Rubber surfaces, in contrast, doesn’t require any maintenance.

Pebbles are yet another materials sometimes used for playground surfaces, but it is still a solid material and rubber is a much safer choice. Besides being more likely to result in injury, stones don’t provide as much traction for running, which means kids are more likely to stumble and fall. And falling, kids are likely to experience greater injuries on pebbles than on rubber mulch from recycled tires.

While so many tires are being discarded every year, it’s more than worth it to properly recycle them, especially when it can benefit kids and athletes safety. Recycled tire rubber should be taken in consideration by local authorities and public schools and more traditional playground surfaces should be replaced by surfaces made from recycled rubber.

To find out more about tire recycling and applications for recycled tire rubber, send us your inquiry to robert@weibold.com. We will be happy to help you build a flourishing tire recycling and pyrolysis business!

Links to our previous articles:

  1. Welcome to weibold! Academy
  2. weibold! Academy: Recycled Rubber Output Spectrum and Rubber Granulates
  3. weibold! Academy: Rubber Granulates, Rubber Powder, Tire Derived Steel and Tire Derived Fiber
  4. weibold! Academy: Tyre Recycling Value Chain
  5. weibold! Academy: Applications for Tyre Recycling Plant Output
  6. weibold! Academy: Rubber Granulate Applications
  7. weibold! Academy: Rubber Powder Applications – Rubber Industry
  8. weibold! Academy: Rubber Powder Applications – Surface Coatings
  9. weibold! Academy: Success Factors in the Tire Recycling Industry
  10. weibold! Academy: Understanding Tire Recycling Technology
  11. weibold! Academy: Total Quality Management in Tire Recycling
  12. weibold! Academy: Applications for Fibers from End-of-Life Tires
  13. weibold! Academy: Safety and health effects of crumb rubber infill in artificial turf
  14. weibold! Academy: Tire pyrolysis – products and applications
  15. weibold! Academy: Tire-derived fuel in cement production
  16. weibold! Academy: How to improve tire collection in small cities
  17. weibold! Academy: How to prevent tire fires
  18. weibold! Academy: Recycled tires in railroad construction
  19. weibold! Academy: Basics about tire-derived fuel
  20. weibold! Academy: Waste tires in civil engineering
  21. weibold! Academy: How to create your own sandals from used tires
  22. Weibold Academy: Sustainable rubber powder composites
  23. Weibold Academy: How recycled tires enhance safety of children on playgrounds
  24. Weibold Academy: Recycled tires in footwear manufacturing
  25. Weibold Academy: Advantages and the current state of tire retreading industry
  26. Weibold Academy: Basics about rubberized asphalt
  27. Weibold Academy: What to consider before buying tire recycling equipment
  28. Weibold Academy: Tire recycling regulations in Europe
  29. Weibold Academy: Tire pyrolysis and heating oil
  30. Weibold Academy: Tire recycling needs more support from governments
  31. Weibold Academy: Advances in tire recycling technology
  32. Weibold Academy: Problems of tire disposal and how tire recycling business can improve environment
  33. Weibold Academy: how big is the global tire recycling market
  34. Weibold Academy: products from recycled tires which have great commercial potential
  35. Weibold Academy: what to consider when launching tire recycling business in developing countries
  36. Weibold Academy: tire pyrolysis fuel and emission standard developments
  37. Weibold Academy: how recycled tire-derived materials can improve properties of concrete