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The Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) revealed that PR still labels the application of tire-derived crumb rubber in synthetic turf as “extremely negative” despite a number of international researches concluding that human health CANNOT be affected by the material.

On October 15, during BIR Tires & Rubber Committee assembly in New Delhi, the Chairman of Dutch tire collection group, Recybem, Barend Ten Bruggencate, said that TV programs, broadcasted in the Netherlands, have presented an unproven link between rubber granulate and health threats to human embryos.

Moreover, they claimed that the leaching of the material into the soil was dangerous for the environment. To oppose it, the chairman said that some tests have shown that water under synthetic turf pitches was actually of better quality than rainwater.

President of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), Robin Wiener, said that similar dissemination of unproven stories was witnessed in the US on national channels. The US media claimed that soccer players are facing the danger of cancer if they play on recycled rubber fields.

She said that a significant research engaging the Environmental Protection Agency is now being worked on. The scientists will reveal their conclusion as for crumb rubber application in synthetic turf approximately in a year. She added that existing speculation is now responsible for 30% market drop for crumb rubber, and this issue will remain until a conclusive research is finally presented.

Wiener stressed that approximately 100 researches worldwide have already concluded that crumb rubber presented no harm for human health.

Gaurav Sekhri, Director of India’s Tinna Rubber and Infrastructure Ltd, said that his company “deconstructs” instead of shredding truck and bus radial tires – this process is used to extract the most possible value from their parts, which will help produce a range of goods in the aftermath. A fine-mesh rubber powder capable of being applied in new tire production is also manufactured by this business. Tinna claims that it can recycle more than 1 million used tires annually. The company is now attaining a utilization rate of 60-65%.