Minneapolis Public Schools Plans to Remove Tire Mulch From 47 Playgrounds

May 03, 2017 07:36 PM

Minneapolis Public Schools is in the process of removing all tire mulch and/or crumb rubber from its 47 playgrounds. Several Minnesota cities are also examining the health effects of the mulch, made from torn recycled tires. Legislation at the State Capitol also aims to better inform people about the health and environmental effects of tire mulch.

Let your lawmakers know what action you'd like to see taken at the State Capitol regarding tire mulch/crumb rubber at playgrounds and athletic fields.

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The Minneapolis Public School District is one of the first in the state with a plan to remove rubber tire mulch from 47 of its playgrounds.

Parents and community members have been raising concerns for years that the rubber could contain harmful chemicals and toxins. The Environmental Protection Agency is in the process of studying any potential health risks associated with the substance.

Now, MPS has budgeted $3.3 million as part of the district's capitol improvement plan to remove the rubber and replace it with engineered wood fiber.

"It's a more natural fiber," said MPS Superintendent Ed Graff. "It doesn't have some of the chemicals associated with the rubber mulch."

"It's been an ongoing conversation nationally and we want to be on the forefront prioritizing the health and wellness of our students," Graff said.

The school board still has to approve the budget in June. If all goes as planned, the district will begin removing the rubber in the fall.

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READ the EPA's initial report here.


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