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In recent years the use of recycled rubber in a variety of products has become a popular choice for reasons such as safety and accessibility and in many cases it replaces a less environmentally friendly alternative. These products are produced and available right here in BC.

Examples of the range of products and common uses for crumb rubber are:

  • Infill for artificial grass sports fields - many communities are switching from natural grass to artificial turf and using crumb rubber as infill to replace the traditional sand and grass turf.
  • Playground safety surfacing - many communities are moving from the traditional pea gravel and wood chips to recycled rubber surfaces, either pour-in-place or tile applications.
  • Recreational flooring - examples of this type of flooring can be found in ice skating arenas, fitness rooms and high traffic areas.
  • Coloured landscaping mulch - this is a new product being made in BC that is becoming popular across North America as a replacement for wood mulch and chips.

The benefits of using recycled rubber vs. other materials:

  • Accessibility - for playgrounds the traditional surfacing of wood chips or pea gravel limits access for those with physical disabilities. Using recycled rubber pour-in-place or tiled surfaces, your playground now becomes fully accessible allowing people of all ages and abilities to participate fully and experience the joy of physical activity and play. For sports fields the use of artificial turf means it is now an all weather field increasing the use of the field for all types of play.
  • Safety - fall height standards are set by CSA for playground surfaces to reduce the risk of personal injury due to falls from playground equipment. Rubber pour-in-place and tile surfaces are typically designed to meet or exceed CSA standards.
  • Maintenance - in the case of mulch for landscaping, maintenance is reduced as colored rubber mulch, unlike wood chips, will not fade or blow away. Artificial turf does not require watering, re-seeding or fertilizing.
  • Environmental - reduced water consumption and pesticide usage are key benefits of using recycled rubber in fields and in landscaping

Sourcing locally makes sense for all sorts of reasons:

  • Reduces the carbon footprint by avoiding GHG emissions in transportation and new production
  • Supports local recycling
  • Creates jobs locally
  • Aligns with the government's green procurement policy
  • May qualify for LEEDS credits
  • May qualify for a Community Grant from Tire Stewardship BC

Planning a project? Encourage your designer, contractor or installer to use BC recycled rubber. At a minimum BC producers should be given a fair chance to win this business.

Visit our Related Industry Links page for links to our industry stakeholders.

BC crumb is used to manufacture other products such as playground surfaces, athletic tracks and commerical flooring.
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