More than five years since European authorities used data from infill dispersion on Norwegian synthetic turf fields to clamp down on microplastic pollution from synthetic turf, over half of the fields in Norway still do not comply with basic regulations to prevent the spread of microplastics.
As the competent authorities are forced to increasingly take bold decisions, the list with challenges lower authorities around the world are facing, is growing every day. Only those who dare to cut red tape will survive the day.
Providing a third-generation synthetic turf field is fitted with risk management measures to prevent the spread of polymeric infill outside the field, the use of rubber infill is not prohibited, a Dutch court has ruled.
Sportsfields.info has reliably learnt that infills made of 100% biodegradable polymers are awaiting the same fate as traditional polymeric infills, if the European Commission (EC) has its way.
FIFA has finally adopted definitions for the various types of infill used in long-pile synthetic turf fields. In addition, the football governing body has also sharpened the definition for a non filled system to end the debate of what product constitutes being called a non filled system.
The decision by the European Commission to recommend the proposed ban on the future sale of polymeric infill and to cold-shoulder the suggestion to make Risk Management Measures mandatory, is not decisive yet. The recommendation still has to be approved by the Council of Europe and the European Parliament before it can pass onto the statute book. Once cleared, the World Trade Organisation also has a say.
From today, the concentration limit of eight polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in rubber granules and mulches used as infill on sports pitches and playgrounds has been reduced to 20 mg/kg.
Soon, the European Commission will decide its approach towards microplastic pollution from synthetic turf pitches….
The European Commission will not decide before April 2022 whether it will ban the sale…
The US Department of Agriculture has given Brock USA the green light for exporting its Brockfill, an infill material harvested from Georgia, U.S. local trees. The authorities have confirmed that the heat treatment process and equipment Brock USA has installed are compliant with European regulations.