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Posted by Josephine Ayre on Jul 16, 2012 in Chippers

There are a number of applications for tire mulch, including playground surround and even as a protective layer for garden beds. If you don’t like the idea of buying your mulch from a factory, or you have a whole lot of old tires that you would like to recycle, you will be pleased to learn that you can actually mulch your own tires with the help of a shredder chipper.

Step 1: Collect all the tires that you would like to mulch, whether they are from cars, trucks or even scooters. Don’t worry about their quality, as they’re going to be shredded up.

Step 2: Take some chisels or pliers and use them to remove all of the steel belting from the tires. Make sure that you wear gloves, as the steel is known to be pretty stubborn and can easily cut through skin.

Step 3: Purchase or hire an industrial shredder chipper, as machines of this size will make short work of the tires. Your general, household sized chippers will not have chutes big enough to fit the tires in. The accompanying manufacturer’s manual should include directions on shredding rubber.

Step 4: Begin mulching the tires by feeding them, one by one, into the entry chute. If you want, you can even spray paint the resulting rubber chips in bright colours before placing it around play equipment or in garden beds.

If your shredder chipper doesn’t come with any instructions regarding mulching rubber, make sure that you speak with the dealer off whom you bought or are renting the machine. They should be able to give you some general instructions regarding what to do and what not to do.