Recycled Tires Find New Life at Alabama State Parks

Five Alabama State Parks have received playground and landscaping improvements with funding support from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM). The ADEM funding was made possible through the Alabama Scrap Tire Fund and the ADEM Scrap Tire Marketing program which develops and assists demonstration projects to highlight the use of recycled tire materials. 

The $84,439 in funding was used to purchase recycled tire mulch and supplies for playground and landscaping improvements at Roland Cooper, Joe Wheeler, DeSoto, Lake Guntersville, and Buck's Pocket state parks. The individual parks provided the labor to complete the projects.

The park improvements include:

“The ADEM Scrap Tire Program contacted us to see if we were interested in demonstrating the practical uses of this material,” said Tim Wishum, Acting Co-Director of Alabama State Parks. “Using recycled tires as landscaping material is both environmentally friendly and cost effective.”

According to ADEM, programs like this help keep the tires out of landfills and illegal dumping sites as well as provide an effective and affordable alternative to traditional materials such as organic mulch.

Annually Alabama generates approximately five million scrap tires, with an additional four million imported from other states. More than seven million of those tires are reused each year through various applications and projects such as the Alabama State Parks playground improvements. For more information about ADEM’s Scrap Tire Program, visit

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions:  Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries.  To learn more about ADCNR, visit .

Photo: DeSoto State Park in Ft. Payne, Ala. is one of five parks that received playground improvements through the ADEM Scrap Tire Marketing program.