Environmental Issues in Children's Health

Recycled Rubber Playground Cover

Recycled rubber, which is also called tire crumb, is produced by shredding or grinding old tires into small pieces. This material is used to reduce the risk of injuries on playgrounds and is also used to surface some running tracks and water parks. The chemical makeup of tire crumb varies depending on the type of tire used, date manufactured and source.

There appears to be very little health risk associated with children’s exposure to recycled rubber during normal playground activities.

DHS has created a fact sheet for more information.


Last Revised: September 29, 2015