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How Rubber Can Be Recycled

Rubber is a common item in every part of the world. It is used to make very many products like tires, medical gloves, matting, tubes, and many others. Rubber is basically a collection of polymers of isoprene, an organic compound. It also contains other organic compounds and water. The composition and uses of rubber are things that many people are conversant with. The question that many people ask is whether rubber can be recycled. The best answer is, yes.

With that out of the way, let us look at the ways of recycling rubber.

  • Creating Rubber Mulch For Playgrounds

One of the most common ways of recycling rubber is through creating rubber mulch. We all know that tires are made from rubber. So, in this case, we are going to use rubber tires to make the mulch.  Here are the steps to achieving this:

  • Collecting Tires

The first step is collecting used/worn-out tires. The condition of the tires is not important as they are all going to be shredded. You can also acquire tires from a junkyard at a low price. When going to the junkyard, ensure that take the tires that have not been steel belted. This will help in easing the recycling process.

  • Get Rid Of Steel Belting

In case you have any tire that has steel belting, remove them. You can use a pair of pliers to separate the rubber from the belting. Make sure you are careful when undertaking this process. Wear a pair of gloves and be extra curious as the steel can harm your hands.

  • Shred

Shredding rubber is a tricky exercise. Therefore, make sure you read all the instructions on the shredder you intend to use. The best thing you can do is contact a rental firm that rents out shredders. Before collecting it, ask them how to use it and if shreds rubber. With everything in place, shred the rubber.

  • Paint

After shredding, what you will get is called rubber mulch. For it to look more attractive, you can paint it. You can either use liquid paint of a spray painter. If you are using liquid paint, you can just stir it and pour it onto the mulch. You can then use a rake to turn the mulch continuously. Doing so ensures that the paint gets on all the shredded rubber pieces (mulch).

  • Drying

Once you have correctly mixed the paint and mulch correctly, it is now time to dry it. Place it on a tarp and set it out in the sun to dry.

  • Spread the Mulch

Spread the dried mulch evenly on the playground of your choice. Make sure that the layer of mulch ranges between 1-2 inches. After spreading the mulch, you also need to maintain it regularly. You can do this by sprinkling water and raking it every now and then.

  • Calling A recycling Facility

Seeking the services of a recycling facility is another way of recycling rubber. Here are the steps you should follow when trying to recycle through a plant;

  • Research

Before going to a recycling facility, do a lot of research. There are facilities that do not recycle rubber. Therefore, when you do a lot of research, it helps you avoid a lot of inconveniences.

  • Choose the One Closer to your Home

When choosing a recycling plant, make sure you go for the one that is closer to your home. If you are searching online, type in your zip code. This will narrow down the search to the plants in your home area.

  • Contact the Facility

After you have selected the appropriate facility, you can give them a call. During the call, you can ask questions to help you clear any doubts you may have. Once you are sure of everything, make an appointment.

  • Deliver The Rubber Items

On the day of delivery, take the rubber items to the facility and have them recycled. Make sure you are on time to avoid any issues.


Rubber is a toxic substance to the environment when dumped irresponsibly. It also takes a long time to decompose. According to studies, rubber takes about 50 years to bio-degrade. That is why various efforts should be made to recycle it to reduce its harsh effects on the environment. There are two common ways to recycle rubber. One is by shredding it to produce mulch, which is used on playgrounds. You can also take it to a recycling plant that can handle everything for you.

If you are in need of recycling services, Paul’s Rubbish Removal is the best choice. You can call us on 0407 125 125, and you will be pleased with the exceptional services you will get from us.

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Sarah Ann

Sarah Ann

Sarah Ann is a Digital Content Writer for Paul's Rubbish Removal. Sarah is a huge advocate for recycling, environmental sustainability, health and well-being and has a genuine love for all sea animals. Keep up with Sarah by following Paul's Rubbish Removal blog!

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