BIR: No evidence behind synthetic-turf claims

Brussels – There is “no evidence” to support claims that the use of tire-derived crumb rubber in synthetic turf poses a risk to human health, the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) has insisted.

Despite all the “extremely negative” publicity, studies carried out worldwide had all found such claims to be unfounded, Brussels-based BIR added in a 23 Oct press release.

The statement noted allegations on Dutch TV claiming a connection between rubber granulate and health risks to human embryos, as well as an environmental impact from leaching into the soil.


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