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Will The Rules For Recycling Artificial Turf Be A Future Trend?
Jul 27, 2018

Artificial grass has been widely used around the world

Since the launch of the FIFA fake grass quality program in 2001, the world's football management agencies have continuously developed standards to adapt to the changing times. FIFA's work focuses on how artificial grass adapts to professional football matches.


Since 2006, 149 countries have installed 3,437 fake turf pitches certified by FIFA, and artificial turf has become more and more popular in football matches.

Artificial grass shows us a very good site applicability. From the application of the campus football field to the application of the FIFA World Cup preliminary, we can see the shadow of artificial grass. Through the FIFA Women's World Cup, it is proved that artificial grass can provide an effective and reliable sports surface anywhere in the world.


FIFA leads by example to promote the sustainable development and environmental protection of artificial grass


The service life of artificial turf is usually about 8 years, so the problem we have is: With the increasing use of artificial grass, how will the waste generated have an impact on the environment? How can it be used sustainably?


The current main treatment methods include the following two:


FIFA entrusted the environmental protection agency to study the environmental impact of artificial grass and cooperated with Danish company Re-Match Turf Recycling to analyze the best practices of artificial turf recycling and to get rid of the environmental pollution caused by artificial turf in a respectful manner. % of the material is recycled.


“My goal is to recycle the football field without any fees,” said Dennis Andersen, CEO of Re-Match A / S.


The calculations by Andersen and his team show that the process is to reprocess artificial grass rather than incinerate, reducing emissions of 400 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.


“As an international organization, FIFA has the responsibility to protect, assess and limit its impact on the environment,” said Federico Addiechi, Director of Sustainable Development and Diversity at FIFA. "We want to lead by example, not only in the field of football, but also in the entire sports field, making sustainable development and environmental protection our mission."

FIFA and authorities drafted a document on the reuse and recycling of artificial turf


For the recycling of artificial grass waste, the role of local authorities and site owners is becoming increasingly important. The Eunomia study, a consultancy firm for sustainable development and diversity services, worked with the FIFA Advisory Department to draft good practices on the reuse and recycling of artificial turf. This document describes the possible environmental consequences of certain components of artificial grass and points out the benefits of using traditional methods to treat artificial grass waste.


In addition, the guidelines emphasize the need to raise awareness of the recycling of artificial grass and provide relevant environmental information to owners of installation or renovation sites. In terms of environmentally friendly recycling and traditional methods of artificial grass waste disposal, it is important to analyze the consequences of different treatment options for turf, to convince them to choose between reuse and recycling, to avoid incineration and Landfill.