Moratorium on Waste Tires in Playgrounds/Athletic Fields

  • Halts public funding of shredded tire mulch or crumb rubber infill on playgrounds/ athletic fields until 2019

  • Requires warning signs on all playgrounds/athletic fields with tire mulch/crumb rubber

  • Requires the Minnesota Department of Health to report on health risks to kids/athletes

Discarded vehicle tires are being used for playground mulch and on athletic fields as synthetic infill. Considered hazardous waste by the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act,  waste tires received special exemption for these uses.  As a result, it is estimated over 4,500 playgrounds nationwide use tire mulch as cushioning in outdoor play areas.  Here in Minnesota, school districts from Duluth to Minneapolis are using these risky materials.

Increasing evidence is raising concerns about the safety of recycled tire material used on playground surfaces and artificial turf fields. Waste tire mulch contains toxic chemicals such as phthalates, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and many other chemicals known or suspected to cause adverse health effects.