Thursday, November 7, 2013
Playgrounds across South Carolina could become much safer and more efficient thanks to Viva Associates Inc.
The Moncks Corner company has announced a new, $2 million initiative to help schools utilize their “PermaLife Pour & Play” playground surface, manufactured from recycled rubber.
Tested and certified by the International Playground Equipment Manufacturer’s Association, the surface is durable, doesn’t decay or attract insects, and drains much better than traditional coverings by repelling and recirculating moisture back into the ground.
This makes for dryer playgrounds, which is extremely important during the rainy season.
According to Marti Sergi, President of VIVASC, the real advantage is that the product does not have to be replaced every year, unlike woodchips. VIVASC also conducts routine maintenance on every playground, adding material as it becomes necessary, as part of their school program package.
“This is a win-win for both the environment and local schools,” Sergi said. “We are keeping used tires out of landfills by recycling them into an innovative product which creates a healthier, safer atmosphere for our children - and our children’s children - to enjoy!”
Although the initial investment is higher than installing woodchips, most schools will experience an overall cost savings over time. The estimated life span of the product exceeds 10 years.
As part of their new initiative, VIVASC will allow schools to purchase the surface on extended, interest free payment plans to help ease budget concerns.
“Berkeley County is proud to have such an exciting product being manufactured right in our backyard,” Berkeley County Supervisor Dan Davis said. “We are pleased that VIVASC is going above and beyond to make their product available and affordable for schools.
“We look forward to supporting their ongoing success.”
For more information visit VivaRecycling.com or call (843) 761-7955.