6 Uses for Recycled Rubber

Recycled rubber is a very versatile material. Made from old tires it has the advantage of keeping the planet a little greener as the material do not end up in a landfill. Recycled rubber has many uses and can be used in everything from gardens to building sites.

1. Mulch

Recycled rubber mulch can be used in gardens and offers some qualities not to be found in regular mulch. It offers excellent insulation to plants in the ground but still allows water through easily, both great pluses. It’s easy to put down, and because it insulates so well you only need to put down about half as much as you would other types of mulch.

This makes it very economical in the garden, although it needs to be shred very small to be properly useful in the garden. Unlike other mulches, rubber mulch won’t decompose in the garden so it can keep on working for several years. Even though it costs more than regular mulch, its cost can work out cheaper because of its effectiveness and the fact that less is needed on the ground.

2. Athletics and Play

Recycled rubber is regularly used in playgrounds and  athletic facilities. If the thickness of the recycled rubber is enough the surface will be springy. That means it improves the safety for kids in the playgrounds as they’re less likely to injure themselves. For athletic facilities, compressing the recycled rubber gives it increased elasticity that’s better for runner. Recycled rubber also has improved drainage qualities that make it advantageous on athletic tracks.

The softness of the synthetic track made with recycled rubber has the added effect of causing fewer injuries to athletes and makes for a  smoother and more even running surface.

3. Road Building

Recycled rubber is important in road building, where it’s mixed with asphalt to create the road surface. In this case the recycled rubber is crumb rubber. The rubber improves the behavior of the rubber at both the high and low ends of the temperature scale, which has the effect of increasing the lifespan of the asphalt by approximately three times. That makes it very economically viable.

4. Sewage

Recycled rubber is used for composting sewage sludge. It makes a good replacement for the material generally used, which is wood chips. The great advantage to recycled rubber is that it can be re-used (unlike wood chips) and so saves money because it won’t disintegrate with use.

5. Buildings

Recycled rubber is often used as a building material. The crumb rubber is mixed with concrete. This mixture has the effect of improving the sound absorption and thermal qualities of a building. This makes the building more attractive to tenants or owners and cuts down on heating and cooling costs, which can be an important point, especially with commercial buildings.

6. Paths

Recycled rubber is excellent for pathways in the garden. The springy quality is good for the feet, and if used with weed fabric, the pathway will last a long time with very little maintenance.