Study: Rubber turf doesn’t raise cancer risk


OLYMPIA, Wash. (Feb. 10, 2017)— A newly issued analysis from the Washington State Department of Health (WSDOH) concluded there is no evidence that cancer rates among young athletes are increased by playing on crumb rubber athletic turf.

“We did not find the number of cancers among soccer players, select and premier players or goalkeepers reported to the project team to be higher than expected based on Washington cancer rates for people of the same ages,” said the executive summary of the analysis from the WSDOH.

A coalition of three synthetic turf associations — the Recycled Rubber Council (RRC), the Safe Fields Alliance and the Synthetic Turf Council — said they were pleased but not surprised by the results of the WSDOH analysis.

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Tire recycler Aliapur keeps a lid on costs


Lyon, France – Amid all the price-rise announcement for new tires, French used tire collection and management company Aliapur has signalled some stability, at least in the recycling arena.

For 2017, Aliapur has announced that the ‘eco-contribution’ will remain unchanged for all categories of tires. The levy, therefore, remains at €1.25 for all passenger car tires, which account for two thirds of the total annual collection.

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Tyre Derived Fuel reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Australia


A new report prepared for Australian Tyre Recyclers Association (ATRA), “Carbon Value Proposition, Resource Recovery using Tyre Derived Fuels”, states that replacing one tonne of black coal with one tonne of TDF can save emissions of up to 1.05 tonnes of CO2-e into the atmosphere.

“This is good news for the environment when you consider the majority of used passenger and truck tyres in Australia are converted into a TDF and exported to high-end industrial facilities such as cement kilns and paper manufacturing plants in Japan and South Korea,” says ATRA Executive Officer Robert Kelman, adding:

“We could be using this fuel here and banking the greenhouse gas savings in Australia, after all there is no shortage of used passenger and truck tyres. The extremely high calorific value of TDF, makes it an attractive alternative fuel on an international scale and may ultimately be eligible domestically for energy efficiency or low emission credits”.

“Tyre-derived fuels address a challenging waste problem as well as providing a low carbon fuel at a cheaper rate than coal, even in Australia,” Jim Fairweather, CEO of Australia’s leading tyre recycler, Tyrecycle observed, continuing: “ATRA members export around 145,000 tonnes of TDF per year, which could increase further if a domestic market was established and greater access was given to tyres on mining sites and other tyre stockpiles”.

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Study finds no increased rate of cancer among soccer players


An investigation into a suspected cancer cluster among soccer players in Washington state found fewer than expected cases in the 5 to 24 age group, casting doubt on a theory that playing on artificial turf fields could increase the risk for cancer.

Officials from the Washington State Department of Health and the University of Washington School of Public Health launched the study after a coach for the UW women’s soccer team compiled a list of some 30 soccer players in the state who had been diagnosed with cancer, primarily Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, from the mid-1990s to 2015. The coach was particularly concerned about the number of goalkeepers with cancer and floated a theory that exposure to bits of recycled rubber used as infill in synthetic fields might be the cause. The list was later expanded to include more than 50 individuals with cancer, including some nonsoccer players who exercised on synthetic fields.

“We found that the number of cancers among all soccer players reported by the coach was less than expected, given rates of cancer in Washington residents of similar age,” said Dr. Cathy Wasserman, state epidemiologist for non-infectious conditions and lead investigator for the study.

The analysis calculated that given the number of soccer players in the state and the rate of cancer in the 5- to 24-year-old age group in the state, some 1,384 soccer players would develop cancer if there were no increased risk from synthetic turfs.

The finding suggests that the cancers reported by the coach, on its own, does not support a link between playing soccer and cancer. That was also true for goalkeepers and for players competing at higher levels, known as select or premier players.

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Ontario announces Community Renewal Fund Grants

Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS) offers community grant programs to encourage the use of provincially-created recycled tire rubber products within their province.

The final 2016 round of applications to Ontario’s Community Renewal Fund (CRF) closed on November 30, 2016 and OTS is now gearing up for the application process to re-open in spring 2017.

The grant awards Ontario communities up to $50,000 to reimagine and reinvigorate their community spaces using products made by Ontario manufacturers using Ontario recycled tires. Approved grants are used towards the purchase, freight and installation of recycled tire products. Visit the OTS website for specifics on the funding available.

The CRF awards resulting from the first wave of applications earlier in 2016 were announced in October and represent a total of seven projects in six different communities across Ontario. To learn more about the uses and benefits of Ontario’s products, read the Case Studies about past grant recipients.


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December 2016 Status Report: Federal Research Action Plan on Recycled Tire Crumb

Early in 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (CDC/ATSDR) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in collaboration with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), launched a multi-agency effort called the Federal Research Action Plan on Recycled Tire Crumb Used on Playing Fields and Playgrounds. On December 30, 2016 the agencies released a status report on the Federal Research Action Plan which does not include research findings. It provides a summary of activities to date, including: (1) stakeholder outreach, (2) an overview of the tire crumb rubber manufacturing industry, (3) the final peer-reviewed Literature Review/Gaps Analysis (LRGA), (4) progress on the research activities, and (5) next steps and a timeline for completion of the final report.

The Literature Review/Gaps Analysis (LRGA) was developed to provide a current summary of the available literature and capture the data gaps as characterized in those publications. The Literature Review/Gaps Analysis identifies  90 references. Each reference was reviewed and categorized according to 20 general information categories (e.g., study topic, geographic location, sample type, conditions and populations studied) and more than 100 sub-categories (e.g., study topic subcategories: site characterization, production process, leaching, off-gassing, microbial analysis, human risk).

The full Literature Review/Gaps Analysis is in Appendix B of the Status Report.


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Crumb rubber will fill in two Ken-Ton athletic fields – The Buffalo News


Two new athletic fields planned in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District will be in-filled with crumb rubber as originally planned, after a federal report last month offered no new revelations about potential health effects of the material made of recycled automotive tires.

The Ken-Ton School Board in October agreed to adopt a “wait-and-see approach” on whether to use crumb rubber to in-fill artificial turf planned for Kenmore West High School and Crosby Field while it awaited a status report from the Environmental Protection Agency.

But Trustee Thomas J. Reigstad, who first raised the concerns, said the report was inconclusive and he recommended that the district move forward with its original plans for crumb rubber, also known as styrene-butadiene rubber.

“In the end, our wait-and-see approach did not interrupt the project and it cost the district nothing,” said Reigstad, co-chair of a subcommittee formed to look into the issue.

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Pyrolyx, Reklaim form North America JV


Germany’s Pyrolyx A.G. has formed a joint venture with Seattle-based Reklaim Inc. that plans to open facilities in North America for the recovery of carbon black from scrap tires.

Munich-based Pyrolyx uses a pyrolysis-based process to recover carbon black from post-consumer rubber and tires. Pyrolyx said its reclaimed carbon black offers a cost-effective, sustainable alternative to traditional carbon black for a variety of plastics and rubber applications, including rubber compounds for tires.

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Dutch study: artificial turf with rubber crumbs safe

THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS—A Dutch government public health organization said Tuesday it is safe to play soccer and other sports on artificial turf fields covered in rubber crumbs, following an investigation triggered by fears over dangerous chemicals in the granules.

The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment published a report saying that the health risk from playing on such fields, which are common throughout the Netherlands and elsewhere as low-maintenance alternatives to natural grass, is “virtually negligible.”

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Reclaimed Rubber Market Size to Reach USD 6.32 Billion by 2025

The global reclaimed rubber market is expected to reach USD 6.32 billion by 2025, according to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc. Favorable regulations promoting sustainable and eco-friendly materials as substitutes for conventional virgin rubber is driving product demand in several end-use industries.

Increasing consumer awareness regarding environment-friendly materials with lower processing costs & enhanced properties are driving product consumption. Automotive & cycle tires, footwear, and other molded rubber goods manufacturers have realized the benefits of recycled & regenerated rubber in these applications.

Increasing natural rubber prices, growing environmental concerns on account of waste rubber disposal in rivers, and higher energy efficiency are other key factors driving reclaimed rubber demand across the globe.

Burgeoning demand for whole tire reclaim (WTR) is anticipated to drive segment volume demand by 42% by 2025.Owing to its versatility, durability, reduced pollution and low processing costs, WTR is expected to witness growth over the forecast period. However, the emergence of innovative elastomer-based products has restricted the full growth potential of this segment.

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