In the Netherlands, there has been a major problem in recent years with the correct recycling of end-of-life artificial turf. Clients, suppliers and customers all suffered greatly from this problem. Why couldn’t it be processed in a responsible manner? GBN Groep has done extensive research into this and came to the conclusion ‘We can do this in a responsible and especially circular way’!
At GBN Group we believe in cooperation, so in order to optimize the value case of artificial grass recycling we have joined forces with various partners in an alliance: GBN Artificial Grass Recycling (AGR). This alliance consists of both producers and suppliers. It is a unique collaboration because various producers who are each other’s competitors during the tendering process are working together to solve the problem of coastal grass.
Within one year the recycling facility in Amsterdam was a fact. With the opening of the only up-and-running facility in the Netherlands, we have been responsibly processing End-of-Life (EoL) artificial grass into various high-quality circular raw materials since April 2020. We produce circular and certified sand, rubber and RTA (Recycled Turf Agglomerate). Which are reused in, among other things, the construction of new sports fields.
Through our established recycling process less primary raw materials are used and we create a circular economy
GBN Artificial Grass Recycling B.V.
Westkanaaldijk 2, gebouw 52
3452 DA Utrecht
P.O. Box 19172
3501 DD Utrecht
T.: +31 30 296 64 85
1045 AV Amsterdam
The US state of Maryland is about to vote on a bill that should allow authorities to track the chain of custody of a synthetic turf field. Plans for the bill were met by fierce opposition from the US synthetic turf industry. However, the latter can learn some lessons from their peers in Europe.
Reclaimed components of end-of-life synthetic turf can, by all means, be reused or repurposed. Authorities have drafted or are busy drafting quality standards that define the various parameters. However, what matters most is that the end-of-life turf is processed correctly.
Within three years of concerns being raised over the large heaps of discarded synthetic turf dotting the Dutch countryside, the Netherlands now has a flourishing synthetic turf recycling industry. As the wheels have started to turn, the question is: who will be next to be handed the baton in the sustainability cycle for synthetic turf?
A US representative of TenCate Grass have reiterated guarantees and recyclability of their synthetic turf products in a presentation made during the Martha’s Vineyard Commission public hearing on the high school athletic fields project.