Shredded Tire Mulch For Playground is Fun, But is it Safe?

I am completely sold on shredded tire mulch for the playgrounds. I had the best time at the park since I was a child because of it.

I first like to let you know that I am a grandmother of two beautiful girls. One is 9 and the other is 2. When I spend time with them I take them to the park often. Just like I did for my children.

Although these two are much more active, especially the two year old daredevil princess. She is so brave and wants to try to do everything the older children do.

The park setups are so fabulous now with the new rubber surfaces, sand, and tire mulch.The sand was great until you had to clean every inch of your child before going into the house just to remove the outer sand. Not to mention the sand for the cleaning phase two when indoors.

Playground Surface Options

The sand was always everywhere! Hair, clothing, diapers, and feet! How awful, but the children always had a wonderful time.

Rubber Matted Surface
The rubber matted playground surface was a very ingenious idea but with Florida heat the grounds were so hot, you had to worry about the children getting burnt. The rubber matted surface absorbed so much heat.

Shredded Tire Mulch
The shredded tire mulch was the answer all along. I even remember trying to think of ways to may them useful because of the problems with the disposal issues.The shredded tires are dyed different colors, They stay cool because of the small parts and the children have fun playing, falling and jumping in them.

Rubber tire mulch for playgrounds had to be one of the best ideas of this time. I enjoyed myself like never before. I of course had to try out this new surface. (When other adults were not around).

I slid down the slides for the first time in many many years. I was hooked as were my grandchildren. My two year old granddaughter had no bumps and bruises from falling. I am pretty sure she when she did fall, she did it on purpose!

No sand clean up, no surfaces too hot from sun.This is great I tell you….or is it?

Hazardous Waste
Now after the excitement wore off weeks 안전놀이터 later I remembered that tires were always considered toxic waste. My further research let’s me know that the chemical in the mulch cause gardens not to perform well because of these chemical being released when wet.

Gardener are told that they don’t have to mulch for the next 10 years. But not told about the mulch stunting the growth of the plants or the other toxic additive this mulch aka tire rubber has.

*Chemicals Found In Rubber Tires – Just to name a few…

-Benzene Phytates

-PAHs Maganese

-Carbon Black Latex

-Benzothiazole Butylated hydroxyanisole

-n-hexadecane 4-(t-octyl) phenol


These toxins in the tire rubber have been considered a hazard for many years. Tire service station literally had to pay to dispose of the old tires that had be replaced.

I have to ask myself what would happen years from now with the children enjoying themselves in these parks.What happens after they have put their hands in their mouths one too many times? Will we be surprised with side affects later?

Sand was a great idea until we realized children were getting ringworm from it.Not to mention the inconvenience entry into our children’s clothes.

Protective Steps To Take

  • Bathe your children directly after the park visit.
  • Do not put pieces in mouth.
  • Warn your child that they must not eat while playing at park to prevent any contact with mouth.

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