Tire rubber for playground use is OK, says EPA

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A recent study by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found no cause for human health or environmental concerns with the use of tire rubber used in the construction of athletic fields and playgrounds.

“Many studies and tests have shown over many years that the use of recycled tire rubber in consumer applications such as playground and athletic fields are not only safe by have several significant safety benefits,” says Michael Blumenthal, vice president of the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA).

One of those studies was sponsored by the RMA last year. The report evaluated the health and ecological risks associated with the use of recycled tire rubber in consumer applications, particularly playgrounds and athletic fields. A thorough review of available literature included studies from both advocates and opponents to the use of recycled tire materials.

"Although EPA stated they hope to conduct further review of available scientific literature, we remain confident that any additional research will show that playgrounds and athletic fields and other consumer products made from tire rubber are environmentally sound,” adds Blumenthal.

The RMA’s report, "Review of the Human Health & Ecological Safety of Exposure to Recycled Tire Rubber found at Playgrounds and Synthetic Turf Fields," is available for download at

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