The benefits of recycling scrap tires for crumb rubber has recently been under fire as some media reports maintain that recycled rubber could be harmful to people and the environment.
Crumb rubber is the name given to any material derived by reducing scrap tires or other rubber products into uniform granules. On average, between 10 to 12 pounds of crumb rubber can be derived from one passenger car tire. The granules, or crumb, is sold as feedstock for all different types of products, including asphalt for paving, and sport surfaces like children’s playgrounds, athletic tracks, and tennis courts.
The Tire Industry Association (TIA) has now weighed-in on the crumb rubber issue. TIA's Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) conducted extensive testing in the United States and overseas regarding the potential health and environmental effects. In every evaluation, researchers from the EAC determined that crumb rubber used in artificial turf or as a playground surface poses no significant health or environmental risk.
The full position statement can be viewed on the TIA website HERE.