Recycled Rubber Increases Playground Safety
Brooklyn Heights, OH— An alarming new trend on
our nation's playgrounds has produced new opportunities for processors
of recycled tires. GroundScape Technologies, of Brooklyn Heights, Ohio
is one such processor that manufactures playground safety surfaces from
shredded, recycled tires.
During the past two decades, the United States Consumer
Product Safety Commission statistics have shown a dramatic increase in
playground-related injuries. It is estimated that each year more than
200,000 children are injured on America's playgrounds (76% on public playgrounds
and 23% on home playground equipment).
Because playground accidents are a leading cause of
injury to children and 81% of all injuries are caused by falls, many communities
have concentrated on building playgrounds with soft ground coverings.
Numerous state and private testing agencies have determined
that shredded rubber tire chips have consistently outperformed all other
surface materials, such as asphalt, wood chips, gravel or sand, in impact
The process for converting recycled tires uses a patented
material that molecularly bonds color to clean shredded, recycled tire
grinds. The products are nontoxic, do not support bacteria, mold or fungus
growth, and do not attract insects or animals. The company backs the playground
safety surface with a lifetime product performance warranty and an eight-year
warranty against total color loss. "We are proud to be making a product
that is both helping kids to be safer on school, community and home playgrounds,
as well as helping the environment by using recycled tires," stated
Cary Senders, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at GroundScape Technologies.
The loose-fill playground safety surface product is
non-toxic and virtually maintenance free.