Synthetic turf recycling: explaining GBN AGR
To enable unlimited play, sports and recreation, TenCate Grass believes that all end-of-life synthetic turf in the world must be recycled in a safe way. Otherwise, the use of synthetic turf won’t be unlimited.
In recent years, in many countries globally it appeared that recycling turf requires in-depth product knowledge and big capacities. Therefore, TenCate Grass has decided to team up with colleagues and competitors in the turf market to develop the first circular synthetic turf recycling facility.
At GBN Artificial Grass Recycling (GBN AGR), end-of-life synthetic turf is recycled into new, circular materials. These materials are then used again in the construction market, mostly in the sports construction market. Examples are the use of Recycled Turf Agglomerate (RTA) to make an e-layer for sport fields called Ecocept and boarding materials.
AT GBN AGR, mats are sorted separately by type before the recycling process starts. Then the end-of-life turf is washed and shredded, after which it is agglomerated. These clean and circular materials are then certified before use in new products. The video below gives an insight into GBN AGR: