• Wed. May 22nd, 2024

Call to support a chain of custody for synthetic turf

A US grassroots environmental organization is calling residents in the State of Maryland to support a bill that will require owners to report publicly the chain of custody for synthetic turf sports and playing fields. When passed, synthetic turf fields will be able to be tracked from installation to end-of-life disposition.

HB457 will require owners of synthetic turf to report to MDE the chain of custody for its reuse, repurposing, recycling, and final disposal. A publicly disclosed chain of custody will serve as a deterrent for illegal dumping of used synthetic turf fields and infill, and as an incentive for proper disposal. The industry already recommends a chain of custody, but without mandatory public reporting, there is no accountability.

The background of this story in the State of Maryland was discussed in this article.

The environmental organization Sierra Club has now established a specific page on the website Addup to campaign for the bill.

According to the website of the Maryland General Assembly, HB457 is to become effective on 1 October 2024.

Guy Oldenkotte

Guy Oldenkotte is senior editor of sportsfields.info and has been covering the outdoor sportssurfaces market and industry since 2003

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