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STC Catalog of Available Recycled Rubber Research

Background & Summary

In early 2015, in response to increased public interest in the potential health effects of synthetic turf sports fields with recycled rubber infill, the Synthetic Turf Council began compiling a list of available studies and making them more readily accessible to the public.

Since 1990, STC has identified more than 90 technical studies and reports that have delved into various health and human safety questions relating to the use of recycled rubber as an aftermarket product, including its use as infill in synthetic turf sports fields. These studies have involved chemical engineers, toxicologists, epidemiologists, chemists, biologists and other medical professionals. They have estimated whether toxins are present at any level of concern, whether the human body can access them, and if exposure over time increases risk. The majority of the studies were conducted independently by academic institutions and government agencies.

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ATTN: STC Members

To receive a copy of the "STC Catalog of Available Recycled Rubber Research" (.xlsx), please send your request to office@syntheticturfcouncil.org. For additional questions, please contact Melanie Taylor, STC Director of Operations, at 443-640-1067 x142 or melanie@syntheticturfcouncil.org


Research & Test Data

Synthetic Turf and Crumb Rubber: Investigation of Reported Cancer among Soccer Players in Washington State

January 2017
The primary objectives of the investigation were to: Determine whether the number of cancer diagnoses among the soccer players reported to the project team was higher than would be expected if rates of cancer among these soccer players were similar to rates among all Washington residents of the same ages. Describe individuals reported to the project team in terms of their demographics, factors related to cancer and history of playing soccer and other sports.

Playing Sports on Synthetic Turf Fields with Rubber Granulate is Safe

Publication date: December 20, 2016
Modification date: January 31, 2017

New research by the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) shows it is safe for people to play sports on synthetic turf fields with an infill of rubber granulate. Rubber granulate contains numerous substances which were found to be released from the granulate in very low quantities. This is because the substances are more or less ‘enclosed’ in the granulate, which means that the effect of these substances on human health is virtually negligible.

Information Sheet: Recycled Rubber Cancer Cases

Gradient, October 2016
The Concern: Amy Griffin, associate head coach for the University of Washington women's soccer team, "has been informally tracking American soccer players with cancer since 2009" (1). She has identified 220 cases to date, 166 of them soccer players. The two most frequent cancer diagnoses are lymphoma and leukemia. The diagnoses date back to 1994, with the ages 5-24 specifically mentioned (2). The concern is that exposure to chemicals in recycled rubber has caused the identified cancer cases.

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Recent Magazine Articles

Fear vs. Facts

Megan Quinn, Scrap Magazine, March/April 2016

The Case for Crumb Rubber

Paul Steinbach, Athletic Business Magazine, April 2016

Cancer and Crumb Rubber?

Robert Myer, Editor in Chief, SportsField Management Magazine, April 2016

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Additional Resources on Crumb Rubber

ISRI is a Washington, DC-based trade association representing more than 1,600 for-profit companies – ranging from small, family-owned businesses to large, multi-national corporations -- operating at more than 3,500 facilities in the United States and 34 countries worldwide.

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The Recycled Rubber Council (RRC) has a mission to communicate, advocate, and educate about the safety and beneficial uses of recycled rubber. The organization was created to serve as a resource for those that want unbiased information about recycled rubber and to be a voice for an industry...an industry that provides products that are all around us and make our world a better place. Rubber has been an integral part of our lives for nearly 200 years and without it, the world as we know it would be a dramatically different place.

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