Rubber scraps for kids

Kids in Iowa will probably appreciate the feel of newly recycled rubber tiles on their tiny feet in their playgrounds courtesy of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB), and GreenMan Technologies’s subsidiary Welch Products.

The partnership’s Iowa Scrap Tire Program is expected to reuse 500,000 pounds of recycled rubber to more than 20 playgrounds.

The IASB is implementing the Iowa Safe School Playground Initiative, a program designed to heighten awareness around the benefits of recycling Iowa scrap tires and provide recycled rubber safety tiles to selected school playgrounds.

The Iowa DNR provided matching grant awards in the form of rubber tiles for playground surfacing made from recycled Iowa tires, and Welch Products’ subsidiary, National Safe Surface Initiative (NSSI), will supply the recycled rubber safety tiles.

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