turf utilized more than 105 million tires
The Synthetic Turf Council recently announced
that as of 2011, the estimated total amount of synthetic turf
installed in North America conserves more than three billion
gallons of water, reduces smog emissions, eliminates close to
a billion pounds of harmful fertilizers and pesticides, and recycles
more than 105 million used tires. As a provider of tire recycling
services in North America, Pittsburgh-based Liberty Tire Recycling
is a part of this eco-friendly solution by manufacturing crumb
rubber, an important component used in synthetic turf.
Crumb rubber derived from recycled tires
enhances the performance of a variety of sports surfaces, providing
infill for sports fields and paving for running tracks. Surfaces
made from crumb rubber dry quickly, drain excess moisture, reduce
dust and mud, and minimize freezing.
Liberty Tire has supplied the crumb rubber
for numerous synthetic turf fields across North America including:
The University of Pittsburgh, Harvard University, Carnegie Mellon
University, University of Michigan and Ohio State University.
The rubberization of athletic surfaces offers many benefits to
help prevent injuries and reduce stress on leg muscles, ligaments,
tendons and joints. The specially designed infill with dust free
rubber granules prevent “flyout,” “splashing,” and migration
of the base so that traction, drainage and shock absorption are