A batch adsorption system was applied to study the adsorption of Cu(II) ions from aqueous solutions by crumb rubber. The effects of pH ranging from 1.5 to 7.0, contact time ranging from 6 to 96 h and initial metal concentration ranging from 1 mg L(-1) to 50 mg L(-1) on the removal of Cu(II) were studied. Results show that adsorption of Cu(II) is pH-dependent and the best results are obtained at pH = 6.0. Results also show that copper uptake is accompanied by displacement of zinc and therefore probably involves an ion exchange type mechanism. Langmuir and Freundlich adsorption models were applied to describe the isotherms and isotherm constants. Equilibrium data agreed very well with the Langmuir model. Results clearly show that crumb rubber is an effective adsorbent for the removal of Cu(II) from aqueous solutions. (C) 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.