Nothing lasts forever. That includes synthetic turf. Depending on how a field is used, after more than 10 years, it is likely that wear and tear will take its toll. Inseams tear, infill becomes scarce, turf fiber degrades, leaving a field no longer safe for use.

Considering that as many as 1,000 fields are being replaced in the United States annually, with each field, on average, resulting in 250 tons of material disposal, the waste potential is enormous.

Sprinturf, however, has been working diligently to devise environmentally friendly replacement solutions that reinvigorate the turf system lifecycle through reuse, replacement and the reduction of waste.

Here’s our process:

  • Using efficient, custom-designed machines, we remove the turf in wide strips without damaging the base and separate it from the infill. The existing infill can be reused either at the current or other sites, or incorporated into the stone base through a process that boosts drainage rates.
  • Old synthetic turf fields can also be recycled for use in new field shock pads. Such pads have been used in practice areas, tracks, batting cages and landscape-erosion control.
  • Another possibility is cleaning the old turf and turning it into a mixed-polymer plastic, with potential uses including roto-molded parts and plasticized lumber.
  • And, depending on its condition, recycled turf can also be used for dog runs or in small businesses.

Here’s our process:

The good news is, as new technology continues to be developed, other uses for recycled synthetic turf systems are on the horizon. We, like others in the industry, are proactively coming up with ways to separate the field components and create new products that can be used in the construction of new sports fields.