February 19, 2020

Rubber Tire Mulch

The Comprehensive History of Rubber Tire Mulch

Listen to this article Rubber tire mulch is a recycled product with a large market.  The mulch is used in landscaping and valued for not changing color or rotting, unlike wood chip mulch.  It is also marketed for use in playgrounds as a “green” alternative to wood chips or pea gravel. How did rubber tire […]

Rubber mulch is dangerous to our kids

Do you know what rubber mulch is and why there is so much controversy surrounding its use? Rubber mulch and crumb rubber filling may seem like a great idea to some people. They are made from recycled tires that have been stripped of any metal parts and come in the form of fragments that can […]

Mulch ado about nothing?

APPLE VALLEY — A Public Works project that installed rubber mulch in playgrounds at five town parks has come under the scrutiny of resident Kerry Henard, who questioned the town’s use of the product after he saw a Proposition 65 warning on shipping documents. The mulch replaced “degraded” wood chips at Mendel, Corwin, Thunderbird, Norm […]

Is Rubber Mulch a Safe Surface for Your Child’s Playground?

The public playground in Bandon, a small town on the blustery coast of Oregon, has everything a kid could want. Swings and an orange, twisting slide, even a bright blue boat. But after the playground was installed in 2009, some mothers became concerned about the springy black stuff beneath their children’s feet. In addition to […]

Is tire mulch a safe covering for Los Osos playground?

A few years ago San Luis Obispo County Parks replaced the playground equipment at our one and only park here in Los Osos. When they did, they also installed 240 yards of repurposed shredded tire mulch underneath it. This black rubber material apparently meets safety standards for impact, lessening the chance of getting hurt in […]

Shredded Rubber Playground Mulch Worries Some Parents

WEST SACRAMENTO– Parents in West Sacramento worried about tire mulch at Delta Gardens Park. And in the summer heat, they’re concerned that mulch made of recycled tires could be putting their children at risk. “We’ve always wanted them to replace it,” said Cindy Huerta, who lives across the street. Read More

What are your kids playing on? Why Durham will replace this park’s rubber mulch

DURHAM- The shredded tire mulch in East Durham Park will be replaced after parent concerns about potential health hazards. While city staff members had been waiting on an Environmental Protection Agency study, the Durham City Council decided to go ahead and replace it. Council member DeDreana Freeman has led the effort to remove the tire […]

Old Airplane Tires Are Turned Into…What?

You may go years without changing the tires on your car—or admittedly, longer without even thinking about changing the tires on your car. Airliners, which literally weigh tons more than your average Subaru, don’t have the same luxury. Southwest Airlines, for example, usually changes tires every five to six weeks, and in the past year, it has […]

How Safe Is the Artificial Turf Your Child Plays On?

Soccer coach Amy Griffin was in a Seattle hospital visiting a young goalie who was receiving chemotherapy when a nurse said something that made the hair on Griffin’s neck stand up. It was 2009. Two young female goalies Griffin knew had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Griffin, associate head coach for the University of Washington’s […]