Rubber tire mulch has been a popular playground surface choice for many schools. As tire mulch ages, degrades, and leeches paint and potential toxins, concerns arise that are hard to ignore. From kids coming home with dirty clothes, to evidence of steel wire on the playground, there is an appetite among school leaders for a safer play surface.
Many parents, school administrators, and maintenance teams are finding the time ripe to remove and replace tire mulch with a safer alternative. Typically this starts with a single playground, and spreads from there.
“All it took was for us to replace the rubber tire mulch at the first playground, and word spread. We couldn't do the rest fast enough,” says Kenny Parker, maintenance foreman at Ascension Parish Schools in Gonzales, Louisiana.
Parker recently changed out the playgrounds in the 16 primary schools he oversees, replacing rubber tire mulch with Jelly Bean rubber mulch.
Sometimes schools are alerted to problems through complaints that lead to change.
John Monroe, maintenance supervisor at Dyer County Schools in Dyersburg, took action after he heard complaints. Parker was researching alternatives and was sent a sample of Jelly Bean. After trying it out at a single school families took notice.
“It’s all we use now,” notes Monroe.
As time reveals the imperfections in rubber tire mulch, and students, parents, faculty, and staff become more educated on alternatives, it is likely the rise of Jelly Bean non-tire virgin rubber mulch as a replacement safety surface choice will continue.
About Jelly Bean Rubber Mulch
Jelly Bean is a sterile 100 percent latex and wire free pre-consumer virgin rubber mulch product. Containing no such toxins or harmful VOC’s as tire mulch, Jelly Bean is so safe it’s in compliance with California’s indoor air quality standards. The product is odorless,100 percent free of contaminants and does not hold heat. Jelly Bean offers an industry-best safety fall rating exceeding CPSC guidelines.