Recycled Rubber and Infill

Smithers provides comprehensive, reliable testing of rubber infill for use in playing fields, sports turf, and other applications.

Rubber infill is commonly used in playground construction, field turf, molded products, and rubberized asphalt, to name just a few. The use of recycled rubber in particular is growing in popularity as a sustainability practice. Recycled rubber can come from many different sources, therefore it must be carefully tested to ensure compliance with safety expectations.

One of the risks associated with rubber infill is ingestion, whether accidental during intense athletic activity or intentional by a small child. The latest standards use the maximum extractable metal levels allowed in children’s toys as a baseline for measuring the safety of synthetic turf infill materials.

The labs at Smithers Rapra are fully equipped for a wide variety of recycled rubber tests, and our experts have the necessary skills and experience to devise a testing program that will suit the needs of your product’s ultimate use. Our testing services include:

Material benchmarking
Mixing/compounding studies
Durability and physical properties testing
Extraction studies including heavy metal quantification

Current ASTM and Other Evaluations Performed in our Lab: