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Month by month, our Weibold academy series dwells deeper into the world of tire recycling and highlights different sides of this business. In case you have missed our previous articles, you can find the links at the end of this post.

How recycled tires enhance safety of children on playgrounds

Nowadays, almost all over the world there are plenty of playing surfaces for children and playgrounds made from rubber. Typically, such playgrounds are made from recycled tires. About two decades ago, parks and schools started choosing recycled rubber as ground cover under their outdoor play structures, even though there are a number of other options to choose from. When it comes to playground safety, rubber surfaces beat all the competition!

Crumb rubber and rubber mulch playgrounds outperform conventional pavements

Today, paved playgrounds aren’t being built anymore and this is due to their bad safety properties. The risk of children’s injuries is much higher on hard surfaces like asphalt, concrete or cement than it is on soft surfaces like mulch.

Rubber covering, at the same time, is very springy. Literally, it puts more spring in kids’ step, which not only makes it more entertaining for the kids to play, but also reduces playground injuries and prevents those injuries from being as serious as they would be on firm materials with less elasticity.

Playgrounds from recycled tires

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.

Rubber mulch has more benefits that wood mulch

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.

Recycled tire rubber on playgrounds is preferred to pebbles

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.

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’ 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