Is the (Artificial) Grass Always Greener?
M-PASS’ Lorraine White is just back from Cleveland where she participated in the 15th annual Synthetic Turf Council (STC) Membership Meeting. The STC is the synthetic turf industry’s trade association, providing its members a global forum to promote, develop, grow and advocate for synthetic turf (a/k/a artificial grass).
Synthetic turf can be found everywhere from sports fields and playgrounds, to pet kennels, to landscape design. The industry is experiencing rapid growth as turf’s design has evolved to better simulate the experience of practicing and playing on natural grass.
M-PASS and Synthetic Turf?
“M-PASS joined the association to support our clients in this industry,” White said. “And while there are some clear environmental benefits to using synthetic turf, there are very limited recycling options for post-industrial turf because of the mixture of material used in the manufacturing process.” As is often the case, unfortunately, the available options are cost prohibitive. So, once again, we are looking at a product – this time it’s turf scraps – likely to end up in our landfills.
The synthetic turf industry has recognized this challenge and has made finding a cost-effective and efficient solution a priority. Lorraine represented M-PASS Cleveland to:
- engage with the other STC members and ensure that M-PASS has all the current information on new possible solutions to synthetic turf recycling; and
- show M-PASS’s commitment to this issue as well as the commitment to work with our clients and the synthetic turf industry to help develop solutions and keep the turf scraps out of landfills.