5th “Scrap-to-Profit’ Conference Announced

Event Focused on Opportunities in Ground Rubber Markets

For more information contact:
Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846
dzielinski@rma.org

WASHINGTON, D.C.May 22, 2012 - The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), the Scrap Tire Research and Educational Foundation (STREF) and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) will sponsor the 5th “Scrap-to-Profit” conference, October 9, 10 and 11, 2012 at the Renaissance Hotel in Montgomery, Alabama. .

“We are very pleased to be able to continue the effort of advancing the higher-valued added markets for ground rubber,” said Michael Blumenthal, RMA vice president. “This year we have an expanded program that will allow us greater discussion on the issues that most affect the ground rubber markets. This is a critical time for the scrap tire industry, which faces new challenges that need to be addressed and overcome. The conference goal is to offer a venue where the industry can gather and share the most current information to enable the industry to expand the markets for ground rubber products.”

The 5th “Scrap to Profit” conference will be two and one half days: two full days of presentations and discussions on ground rubber, expanding markets and the global issues impacting the ground rubber market and a half day focused on the newest developments on rubber modified asphalt. Topics to be discussed include:

• Regional Focus on the South and Southern United States
• National Focus; looking at the national market and current challenges
• Projections of raw materials for the tire industry and impacts on scrap tires
• How to introduce/sell product in marketplace
• Compounding with ground rubber to produce new products
• Innovation and your products
• Green Build as a new market
• How to Become a “Green” Company – Focus on Sustainability
• Reports on existing and emerging markets, mulch, fill, playground/sports
• Ground rubber quality
• Addressing health concerns over material use
• Recycling of non-tire rubber
• Rubber modified asphalt

The expanded agenda will not only focus on current and potential markets for ground rubber but will provide information that will allow the industry to take advantage of the changing focus to ‘green’ companies and technologies, which offer new opportunities.

While the agenda has been expanded the registration fee will remain the same as last year. A website has been created to obtain more information and to registrar: www.scraptoprofit.org.

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for tire manufacturers that produce tires in the U.S.

The Scrap Tire Research and Education Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit research foundation established to support basic and applied research and appropriate educational activities on issues relating to the sound handling and utilization of waste or scrap tires. The foundation was organized in late 1992 and operates in cooperation with the Rubber Manufacturers Association.

RMA Says New EPA Report Again Demonstrates Tire Rubber As Environmentally Sound

No Adverse Human, Ecological Health Effects

For more information contact:
Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846
dzielinski@rma.org

WASHINGTON, D.C.December 10, 2009 - A study released today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found no cause for human health or environmental concerns with the use of tire rubber used in construction of athletic fields and playgrounds.

While the EPA study was limited in its scope, it adds to a growing list of scientific data showing that ground rubber from waste tires does not pose any adverse health or ecological risks.

“Today’s report by EPA is not a surprise,” said Michael Blumenthal, RMA vice president. “Many studies and tests have shown over many years that the use of recycled tire rubber in consumer applications such as playground and athletic fields are not only safe by have several significant safety benefits.”

Last year, RMA sponsored a review of available literature on the potential health and environmental effects of tire rubber, which is produced from scrap tires.

The RMA-sponsored report evaluated the health and ecological risks associated with the use of recycled tire rubber in consumer applications, particularly playgrounds and athletic fields. A thorough review of available literature was conducted including studies from both advocates and opponents to the use of recycled tire materials. An examination of the weight of evidence across all of the available studies was conducted to enable a comprehensive assessment of potential risk.

The use of recycled tire rubber is widely used as an infill material for synthetic sports fields and as a floor cover for playgrounds. Both applications take advantage of the exceptional cushioning characteristics of tire rubber and provide increased safety relative to other materials. Athletic fields and playground cover are two of the fastest growing and largest end uses for recycled ground tire rubber. Approximately 13 million scrap tires are used in these applications annually.

“Although EPA stated that hope to conduct further review of available scientific literature, we remain confident that any additional research will show that playgrounds and athletic fields and other consumer products made from tire rubber are environmentally sound,” Blumenthal said.

RMA’s report, Review of the Human Health & Ecological Safety of Exposure to Recycled Tire Rubber found at Playgrounds and Synthetic Turf Fields, is available for download at www.rma.orgClick here to review the report.

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for the rubber products industry. Its members include companies that manufacture various rubber products, including tires, hoses, belts, seals, molded goods, and other finished rubber products.

New Report Confirms Ground Rubber as Environmentally Sound

No Adverse Human, Ecological Health Effects

Download Full Report

For more information contact:
Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846
dzielinski@rma.org

WASHINGTON, D.C.August 19, 2008 - Athletic fields and playgrounds constructed with ground rubber made from scrap tires pose no adverse human or ecological health effects, according to a comprehensive report commissioned by the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), a tire industry trade group.

The report evaluated the health and ecological risks associated with the use of recycled tire rubber in consumer applications, particularly playgrounds and athletic fields. A thorough review of available literature was conducted including studies from both advocates and opponents to the use of recycled tire materials. An examination of the weight of evidence across all of the available studies was conducted to enable a comprehensive assessment of potential risk.

“We believe this report will add to the growing body of evidence showing that the use of scrap tire rubber in these applications is not only safe, but has several major safety benefits,” said Michael Blumenthal, RMA vice president. “This report has reviewed the worldwide wealth of knowledge on this topic and we are hopeful that it will contribute to correcting any misperceptions about tire rubber in the environment.”

The use of recycled tire rubber is widely used as an infill material for synthetic sports fields and as a floor cover for playgrounds. Both applications take advantage of the exceptional cushioning characteristics of tire rubber and provide increased safety relative to other materials.

Athletic fields and playground cover are two of the fastest growing and largest end uses for recycled ground tire rubber. Approximately 13 million scrap tires are used in these applications annually.

The report, Review of the Human Health & Ecological Safety of Exposure to Recycled Tire Rubber found at Playgrounds and Synthetic Turf Fields, is available for download at www.rma.org.

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for the rubber products industry. Its members include companies that manufacture various rubber products, including tires, hoses, belts, seals, molded goods, and other finished rubber products. RMA members employ over 120,000 workers and account for more than $21 billion in annual sales.