A wave of relief has spread across the US after tests showed playgrounds and athletic fields made from recycled tyres do not pose a health hazard.
A recent study by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found no cause for human health or environmental concerns surrounding the use of old tyres in the construction of these facilities.
Michael Blumenthal, vice president of the Rubber Manufacturers Assocaition (RMA), said: “Many studies and tests have shown over many years that the use of recycled tyre rubber in consumer applications such as playground and athletic fields are not only safe by have several significant safety benefits.”
One of those reports, sponsored by the RMA last year, evaluated the health and ecological risks associated with the use of recycled tyre 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 tyre materials.
Blumenthal added: “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 tyre rubber are environmentally sound.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team