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In Marble Falls, officials say recycled tires make great mulch for city trees

MARBLE FALLS — The city is giving new life to old tires that has nothing to do with landfills, tree swings or an obstacle course.

Instead, the rubber is being chopped, chipped and shredded into hundreds of rust-colored bits used for eco-friendly mulch around tree beds on city property.

“It is the latest example of how recycling can benefit a community,” City Manager Ralph Hendricks said.

Several trees on city property along Main Street in Marble Falls now have mulch made from rust-colored recycled rubber tires, including (above) the tree near the Police Department and parking lot on the west side of City Hall. The sculpture ‘Texas Scorpion’ by Cassandra Franks is planted near the tree. Staff photo by Raymond V. Whelan

City crews recently spread the mulch under the trees along Main Street between Second and Third streets.