Playsafer™ rubber mulch is highly durable and does not decompose, compact, or require annual top-up over its lifetime. Our processing methods have been perfected over the last 20+ years, yielding the cleanest, safest rubber mulch available today. It’s no wonder Rubberecycle™ rubber mulch is the top choice of schools, public playgrounds and homeowners.
Our 100% eco-friendly products are the environmentally-responsible choice to protect both your children and the environment. When you invest in rubber mulch for your landscaping projects, you’re investing in longevity and a host of other benefits which organic mulches can’t offer.
Surefoot™ is a unique rubber granule produced from 100% recycled tires. Our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility utilizes the most advanced magnetic separation methods resulting in a clean, safe and resilient material.
Military and police training calls for serious protective measures. Formulated from 100% recycled tires, Training Rubber Mulch is the safety surfacing of choice for military and police obstacle courses, ropes courses, and combat training pits.
specialty rubber mulch options
Oh, man, this stuff is great! I love the way it stays in place. In comparison to other rubber companies that I’ve dealt with, Playsafer™ Rubber Mulch’s price, quality, and service are top notch!
— Alan Bleam, Director of Public Works, Plumstead Twp., PA
frequently asked questions
How is shock-absorption determined?
Is there any steel content in Playsafer™ Rubber Mulch?
Will Playsafer™ Rubber Mulch crumble, disintegrate, or decompose?
Is Playsafer™ Rubber Mulch ever dusty or slippery?
How does Playsafer™ Rubber Mulch compare with shredded sneakers?
Does Playsafer™ Rubber Mulch blow or wash away?
No. Playsafer™ Rubber Mulch chips are too heavy to be significantly affected by normal high winds or heavy rains.
How durable is colored Playsafer™ Rubber Mulch?
The chips are no less durable than black Playsafer™ Rubber Mulch. As leaders in the recycled rubber industry, we have developed a non-toxic, highly durable paint for the rubber. The end result is that the colored Playsafer™ Rubber Mulch should not fade any faster than that of good quality house paint, and may very well last much longer.
How should the play area be prepared?
We recommend the area be prepared ahead of time by clearing the ground of rocks, stumps and other debris, then calculate an area that surrounds the play equipment of 6-8 feet (commonly referred to as the “use” or “fall zone”). We also recommend the use of 6″ railroad ties around the entire play area, which will contain the Playsafer, and a filter fabric beneath the rubber to prevent weed growth into the play area. Where Playsafer is replacing some other surface material, it is best to remove the old surfacing material completely. Sand or pebbles, for example, will only work their way to the surface and minimize Playsafer shock-absorption values, and reintroduce abrasiveness to the play area. Wood mulch or chips will continue to attract insects, etc. under the surface and will eventually decompose there as well.
How is Playsafer™ Rubber Mulch delivered?
Playsafer is delivered in either 30 pound bags, 2,000 pound superstack bags or bulk.
What type of maintenance is required?
Is Playsafer™ Rubber Mulch toxic?
No. Playsafer™ Rubber Mulch is non-toxic (and in the case of colored surfacing chips, only non-toxic paints are used). The chips has no taste appeal, but if they should be accidentally swallowed, test reports show that the chips will simply pass through the digestive tracts of both humans and animals. (Maryland Environmental Services, 1994).
Will Playsafer™ Rubber Mulch stain clothing or the area where it is installed?
No. Unlike wood mulch or chips which can bleed when wet, Playsafer™ Rubber Mulch does not stain.
Do Playsafer™ Rubber Mulch chips smell?
No. Some odor may be present at the time of installation, but, similar to installing a new shower curtain, any odor will soon disappear.
Will the DEP (Department of Environmental Protection) bother property owners where Playsafer™ Rubber Mulch is installed?
Will chips that find their way into clothing end up melting in a clothes dryer?
No. Tire rubber melts at approximately 500 degrees F. Clothes dryers operate at less than 100 degrees F.
What happens to leaves or branches that fall or blow onto Playsafer™ Rubber Mulch surfaces?
Those that are not removed by lightly raking the surface will simply drain through the chips and decompose over time.
How does the cost of Playsafer™ Rubber Mulch compare to other products?
Initially, Playsafer™ Rubber Mulch may cost a little more than some other surfaces, however, Playsafer™ Rubber Mulch only needs to be installed once. No annual upgrading or replacement is required. Furthermore, in comparison to wood mulch, Playsafer™ Rubber Mulch requires a maximum of six inches in depth, versus 12 inches for wood mulch.