Recycled rubber is used as infill for synthetic turf fields and playground surfaces.Learn More About Recycled Rubber
STC Catalog of Available Recycled Rubber Research
In early 2015, in response to increased public interest in the potential health effects of synthetic turf sports fields with crumb rubber (or recycled rubber) infill, the Synthetic Turf Council (STC) began compiling a list of credible, scientific-based, third-party reports and studies and making them readily accessible to the public. The list includes more than 110 technical studies and reports that have examined 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. The majority of the studies were conducted by independent academic, federal and state government organizations, and involved chemical engineers, toxicologists, epidemiologists, chemists, biologists and other medical professionals. They estimated whether toxins are present at any level of concern, whether the human body can access them, and if exposure over time increases risk. All have unequivocally failed to find any link between synthetic turf and cancer, and all have concluded that synthetic turf with crumb rubber infill does not pose a human health risk to people of all ages. At the same time, STC voluntarily added ASTM’s F3188-16 to our industry guidelines for infill, the ASTM toy standard for heavy metals.