Rubber Mulch. Recycle More Than Just Paper.

Rubber Mulch-Recycle More Than Just Paper

Rubber mulch is an interesting and unique byproduct of shredding.  It is composed entirely of recycled tire rubber.  The metal rim is removed from old and worn out tires and then the rubber is shredded into granules.  Rubber mulch comes in different shapes and sizes, depending on its use.  Crumb rubber is used on athletic fields, nuggets coat equestrian arena footing, and strips protect flower beds and other landscaping areas.  Rubber mulch can be dyed in a variety of colors from natural redwood to aquamarine, in order to give it a natural or artistic look.  Ordinary office and personals shredders wouldn’t be able to handle such a tough job, but the industrial sized shredders of Tarheel Imaging are able to handle even resilient materials like rubber and cardboard or even floppy disks and cds!

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Though rubber mulch is made from 100% recycled car tires, its environmental impact is still questioned by some.  Rubber contains harmful chemicals, such as zinc, but at lower concentrations than the EPA has ruled hazardous.  Still, a number of people are concerned that rubber mulch leaches harmful toxins into the soil, even though tests conducted by the EPA have judged that the material does not react with children’s skin nor did they find adverse affects on humans or animals.  The EPA has endorsed rubber mulch for use in playgrounds and in landscaping.  Further tests may prove differently, but for now, rubber mulch is a safe, green technology that reduces the carbon foot print of America.

Rubber mulch is not only safe, but also versatile.  It can be employed in a number of different arenas.  From landscaping to equestrian footing, rubber mulch is ideal.  Arena footing is used to provide stability and comfort for competition horses.  When mixed with sand, rubber mulch effectively reduces strain on horses’ knees by absorbing shock and offering superior traction.  The mulch is also said to retain just enough moisture to decrease dust in the air.  Another advantage of rubber mulch is the low maintenance required.  Rubber mulch is denser than ordinary mulch, so it resists dispersion by wind, water, or carelessness.  Rubber mulch does not disintegrate, decay, or produce dust and it usually lasts four times as long as regular mulch.

Rubber mulch is preferred by some landscapers because of its resilience and because it protects plants and the soil from blazing heat in the summer and chilling frost in the winter.  If the mulch is spread thick enough, the rubber acts as an insulator, keeping the temperature warm in the winter and, conversely, cool in the summer.  Also, bugs find the synthetic environment unsustainable for life, while weeds are blocked because their seeds are unable to reach the soil. Instead the seeds remain above the mulch and are killed by the sun.

Rubber mulch is not just a temperature insulator; it also can act as a shock absorber.  The springy and durable nature of rubber makes it an ideal surface for playgrounds.  Rubber mulch is able to cushion falls from the monkey bars or higher and is safe to walk on barefoot, with no risk of splinters.  Playground mulch is often laid thicker than landscaping mulch, in order to provide the children with a sufficiently padded protection from the adverse effects of gravity.

Don’t imagine that only paper can be shredded.  Recycling extends to glass, cardboard, aluminum, and rubber.  Make sure to shred valuable documents then recycle them.  If you have an excess of old tires, records, paper, or cds, contact Tarheel Imaging right away!