German Football Association Recommends Crumb Rubber

New football fields in Detmold, Diestelbruch and Heiligenkirchen in Germany are to be equipped with crumb rubber infill.

This has raised some discussion following a recent media article in the Netherlands suggested that the infill may not be safe. However, the DFB (German Football Association) recommends using high-quality material, which is more expensive, but does not involve any health risks. The town of Detmold maintains artificial lawns in Jerxen-Orbke, Heidenoldendorf, Pivitsheide VL, Diestelbruch and Heiligenkirchen, which are filled with quartz sand and rubber, and it does not expect that there will be any health risks.
“All RAL quality-tested and DIN-tested rubber granules were used for all artificial lawns,” stated a spokesman. According to the manufacturers, the RAL quality is the highest requirement for recycled granulates from tyres throughout Europe.

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David is the Owner and Publisher of Tyre & Rubber Recycling. With over 30 years' experience as a specialist tyre industry journalist, he first entered the tyre industry in 1987 as Editor of Tyres & Accessories. He was Editor of Tyre Trade News between 1993-96 before establishing Retreading Business in 1997. In 2004 he acquired the Malaysian tyre magazine The Tyreman, before establishing Tyre & Rubber Recycling in 2009. In addition to his publishing ventures, he was also Director of the Retread Manufacturers' Association between 2004 and 2014.


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