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ETRMA views on the restriction of intentionally added microplastics

The proposed restriction on intentionally added microplastics aims to minimize the risk of microplastic releases to the environment and marine waters. The European Chemical Agency has identified a risk on potential releases from polymeric infill materials use in artificial turf fields. Two policy options are proposed by ECHA option A) a total ban in six years time, irrespective of social and economic costs or option B) Mandatory use of risk management measures, with effect on new and all existing fields within 3 years.

SEAC concludes that based on the available cost and benefit information and SEAC’s analysis of that information, a clear advice on which scenario should be preferred is however not possible. A clear cut choice for one of the scenarios can, in this case, only be taken based on policy priorities.

ETRMA agrees with the EU ambition to avoid leakage of plastic materials to the environment. The establishment of risk management measurements on artificial turf fields will accomplish that goal and will prevent unintentionally releases to the environment. A ban on rubber infill is unjustified and disproportionate, and there is insufficient evidence to support a science-based ban. Efficient and viable alternative risk mitigation measures are available.


The development of the artificial turf fields in Europe evolved hand in hand with the availability of high quality low cost material as ELT derived rubber granules. Infill materials derived from end-of-life tyre (ELT) recycling constitutes a substantial share of the infill used in artificial sports fields across Europe. Their unique infill properties (e.g., high shock absorption, low skin friction, resistant to weathering) makes them ideally suited for sports with a high usage demand such as football. The recovery and use of rubber granulates has a very beneficial environmental footprint, sparing the environment with 350,000 tonnes of CO2 eq. emissions annually in the EU , which are comparable to the amount of CO2 absorbed by 175,000 hectares (approx. 300 million trees) of forest land. Continue reading....

About ETRMA 

ETRMA The European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers Association (ETRMA) represent nearly 4.400 companies in the EU, directly employing about 370.000 people. The global sales of ETRMA’s corporate members represent 70% of total global sales and 7 out of 10 world leaders in the sector are ETRMA Members10. The product range of its members is extensive from tyres to pharmaceutical, baby care, construction and automotive rubber goods and many more applications. We have a strong manufacturing and research presence within the EU and candidate countries, with 93 tyre plants and 16 R&D centre. 

The European Recycling Industries’ Confederation (EuRIC) reaffirms its commitment to the objectives of the circular economy and calls upon the commission to support continued use of granular infill made from recycled tyres

  • EuRIC warns about the questionable future of 527,000 tonnes of end-of-life tyres which may be annually incinerated, or worst, stockpiled and illegally landfilled, if a ban on granular infill is adopted.

  • EuRIC demands that tyre recycling into infill for artificial turfs is regarded as a strategic objective of the new Circular Economy Package considering the substantial environmental benefits of this application.

  • EuRIC reiterates that preserving a circular economy for tyre recycling into artificial turf infill can and must go hand in hand with reducing microplastics’ releases through standardized risk management measures. 

Read the press release here!

Read more about tyre recycling: EuRIC's brochure on mechanical tyre recycling here!