One Look At Our Turf, And You’ll See Our Stewardship.
There are many ways in which AstroTurf is using recycled and renewable content and other progressive technologies to lead the synthetic turf industry in a commitment to the environment. In fact, through the depth of AstroTurf’s integrated manufacturing units, an ever increasing number of “green” components is being added to every AstroTurf system.
Our backing systems employ BioCel™ technology, an environmentally friendly unitary polyurethane backing system that reduces the need for petroleum-based polymers. BioCel combines soybean oil and a highly refined form of the mineral lignite to form a backing system that is unaffected by moisture and can be perforated for enhanced drainage. Reducing the need for petroleum based polymers, BioCel reduces dependence on foreign oils and landfill waste while extending product durability and improving indoor and outdoor air quality.
AstroTurf ® GameDay Grass™ infill systems feature highly durable rubber, extracted from post consumer recycled tires by certified recyclers all across the US. These materials have been rigorously tested by the international scientific communities for both environmental and human health hazards and have been found to pose no risks. In fact, the EPA approves the use of post-consumer tires for the purpose of athletic fields. In a typical field, AstroTurf will use up to 20,000 recycled passenger tires.
Celceram™ is a recovered green component that stabilizes and toughens the polyurethane compound. It is a product of coal combustion in an electrical utility power plant, carefully selected and processed for its component and performance characteristics. Bio-based polymers are manufactured with a portion of the polyol coming from a rapidly renewable resource, the soybean plant.
AstroTurf can also help earn more points for the US Green Building Council’s LEED® certification program. The post-consumer, recycled tires; BioCel coating system, and water consumption reductions can contribute additional points toward LEED certification.
The introduction of third generation, tall pile turf products in the late 1990s precipitated an unprecedented market explosion. All of this growth has left the synthetic turf industry with a significant dilemma—what to do with the fields once they reach the end of their usable lives. Previously, synthetic turf owners were forced to dispose of turf in landfills. But now, AstroTurf has harnessed its proven commitment to environmental responsibility, extensive infrastructure and resources, and years of research and development to bring the synthetic turf industry another game-changing advancement—full field recycling.
About this advancement AstroTurf president Bryan Peeples said, “Bringing sustainable solutions to our customers has always been an important AstroTurf goal. We are proud to introduce this ground-breaking environmental initiative and to lead the industry by example once again.”
The proprietary recycling process functions as follows: When a field is being replaced, specialized machinery removes the infill. Afterward, the entire field is cut into manageable strips, rolled up, and shipped to AstroTurf’s recycling facilities in Dalton, GA. There the rolls are ground up, melted into pellets, and re-extruded into new plastics. AstroTurf’s critical step forward revolves around the components of the fields that can be recycled—all elements of the field are recycled (including the backing, secondary coating, tall pile polyethylene fibers, and the nylon RootZone). Post-consumer uses for synthetic turf include pallets and other industrial applications.