Why do we pay for tire disposal when whole tires are turned into rubber mulch?

Tire Recycling and Rubber Mulch

Remeber When the Best Thing to Do With a Tire Was Make a Tire Swing?

We often receive calls from individuals and businesses that have a large amount of tires. People generally call with the hope that they can sell us their tires for rubber mulch. Sometimes, people buy property and discover tires on the property or in a storage unit that they have purchased or rented. Tires are by the very nature very tough, just think of what they do for us every day running down the highway at high speeds!

Tipping fees, or the fees you pay to discard tires, support multiple things. When people illegally dump tires often the state is responsible for cleaning up the dump sites. Due to the heavy equipment and labor needed to retrieve the tires, liability insurance, and transportation costs the clean up costs can be quite expensive. The state uses part of the money to cover illegal tire sites which can pose a public health problem. A small portion of the fees paid at your local tire store go to cover the store’s administrative costs in accounting to the state or other enforcement agency. The balance of the fees help cover the processing costs of grinding the tires. Remember that the tires have to be picked up, stacked on a truck by hand, and transported by large trucks requiring a lot of fuel.

Grinding tires is a very expensive operation. Equipment is extremely heavy duty and is very expensive. Rubber, during the grinding process is very abrasive and wears the internal components of the machines quickly. Tire grinders are typically electric or diesel and require a tremendous amount of either resulting in enormous costs. If the grinding operation is equipped they may be able to recycle all of the material, if not there is a disposal cost of the unwanted material. The good material has to be hauled to a manufacturer who must be willing to take non-virgin material or in other words recycled material. Unfortunately, the value of the rubber is not large enough to sustain the operation and bankruptcies with tire grinding operations are common. Therefore, tipping or disposal fees, are required to insure that tire recycling operators can continue to operate.
For more information on the benefits of rubber mulch and other products made from recycled tires enjoy our site.

Landscape Design Tips for Small Yards Using Rubber Mulch


Use the rich colors available in rubber mulch to add color to your landscape designs.

Planning spring time projects with rubber mulch can yield colorful long lasting landscapes during the summer. Winter months provide an excellent respite from summer gardening chores like re-mulching. Proper planning can increase your time for other summertime activities. Small yards, especially backyards, can pose minor difficulties for the busy homeowner. Often irrigation is difficult to control given the heat sink of the house, back porch, or stone borders. Turf can be difficult to keep healthy and access can make annual mulching difficult year after year.

One colorful solution is to use colorfast Everlast Rubber Mulch……enjoy our website packed full of information, comparisons, and videos.

Safety Tips for Backyard Playgrounds.


Stop the ruts at the slides and swings.

Many families install new playsets for Christmas and safety is easy to overlook during the holidays.  This list provides a quick reminder of some of the things to look out for with backyard playsets.  Rubber mulch is extremely effective but must be maintained to insure best performance.  Rubber Mulch and Wood Fiber Mulch play an important role in playground safety. Regular inspection and routine maintenance are necessary.
Playground Safety Tips for post-holiday fun.  Whether you have just installed a backyard playset as a Christmas gift or currently have a swingset in your backyard, now is the time to double check your set by following some basic playground safety tips.

One of the most important things you can do is minimize the risk of falling.
If children do fall, be sure to have the proper safety surface in place.
Monitor young children while at play to insure they are not trying to swing too high.
Insure that all railings are in place and secure.
Ensure there is safe surfacing beneath and surrounding all playground equipment in order to minimize the risks of falling.
Recommended surface materials include rubber mulch, wood chips, pea gravel, and if no other alternative is available regular mulch. Each type of material has it’s own limits for shock attenuation.  It is important to use material properly rated for your fall height at the required depth.  Depths must be maintained regularly to be effective.  Rubber mulch has the highest shock rating of any other loose fill material requiring less material.
Avoid playgrounds with grass, dirt and soil surfaces under the equipment.Surfacing should be rated to the fall height of your playset.  The safety surface should extend at least 6 feet in all directions around equipment.   For swings, make sure that the surfacing extends, in the back and front, twice the height of the suspending bar, so if the top of the swing set is 10 feet high, the surfacing should extend 20 feet.
Inspect for any trip hazards.  Rubber swing mats can reduce the ruts left from dragging feet under swings and at the end of slides.
Make sure that borders are in place and secure.  Watch out for cracked or splintered wooden borders and repair or replace as needed.
Inspect wooden playsets for rotted or cracking wood that could lead to nasty splinters or cuts.