Chatham Borough Engineer: Lum Field will Use Sole Rubber from Old Sneakers as Surface Layer, Not Tire Rubber

The top layer of the new Revolution turf will be made of sole rubber made from old ground sneakers Credits: TAP Chatham

CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham Borough will spend approximately $20,000 more than originally slated so that a top layer of sole rubber can be used on the new Revolution turf in an attempt to allay any fears of "toxic tire rubber" being installed at Lum Field this month.

Vince DeNave, Chatham Borough engineer, explained the move on Monday night at the regular meeting of the Borough of Chatham Council, saying that he had received emails from residents asking about the rubber being used for the new artificial surface.

DeNave said that there is no documented issues caused by tire rubber, but he decided to go with the "sightly more expensive" sole rubber, which is made from the ground rubber of old sneaker soles.

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"I don't think there is any danger caused by cryogenic rubber,"  DeNave said. "Rubber has been the most reliable material."

Vince DeNave, Chatham Borough Engineer, talks about the sole rubber that will be used as the top layer on the new Lum Field surface.

In November, the council approved a $385,000 bond ordinance to replace the Lum Field turf, which was first installed by Field Turf in 2006.

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