A new report by the Rubber Manufacturer’s Association (RMA) has sent out reassuring messages concerning the use of tyre-derived rubber in the construction of play-grounds and athletics tracks. The report states that the recycled rubber poses “no adverse human or ecological health effects”.
According to Michael Blumenthal, RMA vice-president,”This report will add to the growing body of evidence showing that the use of scrap tire rubber in these applications is not only safe, but has several major safety benefits. This report has reviewed the worldwide wealth of knowledge on this topic and we are hopeful that it will contribute to correcting any misperceptions about tire rubber in the environment.”
Recycled rubber is used as an infill for synthetic sports surfaces and as a surface for play-grounds. Some critics have claimed that this ground rubber may cause health problems for children and athletes who utilise the facilities. This report goes a long way to allaying those fears. This is significant news as 13 million scrap tyres are used annually for the production of sport and playing surfaces.