22 November 2018
The Dutch manufacturer of artificial grass for gardens and roof terraces marks its 15th anniversary by choosing Re-Match for recycling of turfs.
The recycling of artificial grass is a major problem in many countries and it is also the case in Holland. A recent report from a Dutch news program showed that recycling companies are violating environmental regulations and worn-out artificial sports turfs are just stored or illegally dumped abroad and hardly recycled. Royal Grass wants to make sure that the turf that they replace will be handled in the most sustainable way possible.
,,Although we don’t install sports turfs with rubber infill, we want to prevent that artificial grass for gardens and roof terraces will cause the same problems as these sports turfs,” says director and founder Freek Verhoeven of Royal Grass. ,,Since the beginning in 2003 it was clear to us that a collection service for used artificial turfs had to be organised. Now, after 15 years, the first customers come forward wanting to replace their Royal Grass lawn. We were reminded of the serious challenge presented by worn-out turfs by the recent news program and have again made recycling one of our top priorities. We have an obligation for ourselves, our children and the children of our children not to contribute to this ever-increasing plastic waste mountain.”
This year the Royal Grass celebrates its 15th anniversary. Between 2003 and 2008, Royal Grass installed approximately 200,000 square meters of artificial grass in gardens, balconies and roof terraces. In the coming years, the first customers will want to have their grass replaced which is why the company wants to ensure that they have a system of collection and recycling in place.
“Recycling artificial grass is a technically complicated process, because the fibres and the backing in which they are inserted are synthetic, while the substrate is made of latex. These must be separated from each other in order to recycle the material and Re-Match developed a patented technology for this purpose,” says Freek Verhoeven.
To begin with Royal Grass will have its local partner collect worn-out artificial turf and transport it to Denmark. Customers are informed about this via their warranty registration system. ,,We will start with this in the Netherlands and want to expand to other countries afterwards,” says Verhoeven and concludes: ,,In time, we want to use this recycled plastic for the production of new artificial grass. Then the circle is complete.”
Re-Match signs agreement with Royal Grass