Choosing the wrong supplementary infill for artificial turfs can be very costly

Choosing the wrong supplementary infill can be very costly. Learn what to look out for.

After 8-10 years on average, your artificial turf pitches may most likely no longer provide acceptable and safe playing conditions.

Consequently, you may need to replace your old artificial turf system. With state-of-the-art technology, your worn-out artificial turf pitches may now be re-circulated completely. As a pitch-owner, you may save a lot of money, if your pitches can be re-circulated. Additionally, you may be able to offset CO2 credits in your green annual accounts – since the so-called secondary raw materials may be used for new turf pitches or for the production of other products.

However, you will need to pay a price to get rid of the worn-out pitches, and you are likely to experience a very high price tag, if you just once have chosen the wrong supplementary infill as maintenance during the lifetime of the pitches.

Artificial turf systems are born with an infill typically made from SBR-rubber, TPE, EPDM or an organic matter such as cork. The major turf producers take great care in selecting types of infill, which provide superior playability propositions, while at the same time addressing health and environmental issues.

As for the supplementary infill, which you may need during the lifetime of your pitches, a number of market players offer solutions, which you may find attractively cheap. If you come across such an offer, you probably should raise a red flag – then most likely, the materials offered would be industrial rubber. Most often, industrial rubber contains a mix of potential harmful chemicals above the legal and recommended limits issued by the authorities. If you were to put just a small fraction of industrial rubber as supplementary infill into your pitches, then you have probably contaminated the entire pitch system.

As a consequence, the materials no longer qualify for all-purpose recycling. Subsequently, you will end up paying much more for the final recycling of your pitches – even if recycling most likely may still be cheaper than incineration.

If you are in doubt of which types of infill to choose, then you are most welcome to contact Re-Match.

Primary contact
Nikolaj Magne Larsen

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