Equestrian Surfaces Natural Rubber


This is what natural rubber from the tree looks like before all the toxic chemicals are added to it including carbon black which gives the rubber its black colouration.

Carbon black is a residue from burning petroleum and is known to cause respiratory illnesses. Natural rubber sets hard hence many toxic chemicals are added as softeners before it can be moulded into rubber products such as tyres.

rubber_realityWhole tyres were banned from landfill in July 2003 with shredded rubber or anything with a rubber content following suit in 2006…..so when rubber perishes, you cannot burn it, you cannot dump it and from 2006 it can now no longer be landfilled.

This is also a point to bear in mind if you are one day going to sell your property otherwise, as all this becomes more common knowledge within the public domain, prospective buyers will either be viewing a very costly disposal problem – or when the surface disintegrates one where they cannot get rid of it at all.

Rubber tyres, contrary to popular belief, are no longer made from pure rubber – tyres have not been made from pure rubber for decades. They contain poisonous heavy metals like zinc and cadmium, hydrocarbons, latex and sulphur-containing compounds and from 2006 under the EU Directive shredded tyres (what riding surfaces are made from) were classed as hazardous waste, hence their ban from landfill. With billions of tons of tyres produced annually there is a huge urgency for governments and the petro-chemical industry to find outlets for used tyre waste. You might like to have a look at the following web site about rubber and rubber crumb – click on the following www.paghat.com/rubbermulch.htm.

Remember that under every arena or gallop there are drains whereby if the run-off rain water picks up any impurities as it travels through a riding surface then this will be dispersed either onto your land, a neighbours or into public waterways. When you recycle a hazard, you create a hazard. Recycling of a toxic waste merely puts the hazardous material back into the marketplace and eventually, into the environment thereby making no reduction in toxic use.