Recycled rubber is an important component of many products that are used in everyday life. Recycled crumb rubber is often mixed in with asphalt, increasing its lifespan and durability. Crumb rubber is also mixed with concrete, which improves its thermal and sound absorption properties. When added to municipal sewage sludge, crumb rubber aids in its composting abilities and reduces costs, due to the fact that is does not disintegrate and can be reused. Crumb rubber can also be added to mulch to help conserve soil moisture, control soil temperature and reduce the amount of pesticides that are needed.
Recycled rubber is used in many outdoor and landscaping applications. It is commonly used for playground surfacing products such as tiles and mats to provide a cushioned surface. Recycled asphalt rubber is used for bike and walking paths, golf cart paths, and athletic running tracks. Outdoor tiles, pavers and flexible curbing can be made from recycled rubber.
Other products include agricultural pipes, animal bedding, automobile parts, conveyor belts, carpet pads, clothing accessories, bicycle tires, floor mats, floating docks, fencing, industrial flooring, handbags, hoses, oil spill absorbers, paint, pond liners, pavement, rail crossings, roof tiles, sandals, sealant and shoe soles, just to name a few.
Using recycled rubber can reduce the need for landscape maintenance by slowing weed growth, decreasing insects and rodents, reducing soil compaction and improving drainage. Athletic tracks are more resilient and have a softer surface, thereby reducing injury. Playground surface material is non-toxic and easy to maintain. By recycling rubber into other useful products, the negative impact upon the environment is immediately reduced, including saving landfill space and eliminating the harmful effects on humans and the environment.