The French town of Erstein in Alsace will be the next European site where synthetic turf recycler Re-Match will open a plant. Last week, the company signed the contract with contractor LCR Group.
Re-Match has acquired a 42,000m2 plot where it will build a 8,000m2 factory that will have the capacity to recycle over 2 million sqm synthetic turf per year. That works out to approximately 250 full-sized football fields.
“In LCR, we have found a partner who understands our needs and who has presented an approach for the construction of the factory which meets all of our requirements,” said Eric Levresse, CEO of Re-Match France.
Once the plant is fully operational, avoiding alternative disposal methods such as incineration will annually save more than 100,000 tons of CO2 in comparison.
“We are very happy to be able to accompany Re-Match France in this very beautiful and meaningful project” says Cédric Pérennes, LCR’s development director.
The new factory will be constructed according to the same template that was developed for the Dutch factory in Tiel – and which will allow Re-Match to expand according to plan since factories can now be built simultaneously in multiple locations.
“We are very pleased with how quickly the project of establishing the French factory is progressing,” says Nikolaj Magne Larsen, CEO of Re-Match, “It shows a strong commitment from our French partners, and together we look forward to being able to cater to the French market as well as Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg and Northern Italy”
The recycling process which is registered and certified by Re-Match, uses no water or chemicals, and generates no pollution.
Construction is scheduled to start in a few months. According to Re-Match, delivery of the fully operational plant should be expected by mid-2023. However, where the opening of the plant in Tiel, the Netherlands, was expected to be this spring, the deadline has now been pushed forward to later this year.