For the sake of the environment – and to keep the need for granulate refill at a bare minimum – synthetic turf pitches should be constructed as well as maintained in a manner to ensure that rubber granules stay on the pitch.
As sustainability and climate-friendliness is all-important to Genan, we have made three different guides with our recommendations for the: • optimum construction and installation of synthetic turf pitches, • optimum maintenance of synthetic turf pitches, and • proper and responsible behavior on and around synthetic turf pitches.
Genan has furthermore made a small video explaining the ins and outs of recycled crumb rubber for synthetic turf.
Genan’s recommendations are based on recent scientific reports – as well as common sense and care for the environment.
If a synthetic turf pitch is constructed, maintained and used in accordance with these guides, the spreading of different types of microplastics from the pitch to the environment can be reduced to around 100 g a year.
STRIVING FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
Keeping rubber granulate on the synthetic turf pitch is paramount! For the sake of nature – but also to keep the need for granulate refill at an absolute minimum. Fortunately, simple measures make a huge difference – and we can all do something! Watch this video to see what Genan recommends – for a sustainable future…
EXPERIENCE FROM SWEDEN
In Sweden, different players joined forces in a research cooperation and constructed a reference pitch – Bergaviks IP – made as a closed system with preventive measures, filters etc.
Watch this film and hear the participants explain about the concept – and scroll down to download Ecoloop’s report on the project.
The importance of rubber infill
Infill is the most important factor influencing ball on the playing surface of a synthetic turf pitch.
Infill quality is paramount for meeting the performance criteria of a synthetic turf pitch – and is thus an extremely important ingredient for the image and perception of the playing surface.
So far, crumb rubber is the one infill type which ensures running characteristics and ball rebound similar to that of natural turf.
As granules will inevitably compact over time, infill must regularly be topped up to ensure optimum pitch performance. Yet, proper, regular maintenance in the form of pitch raking / brushing will ensure that such refill is kept at an absolute minimum – and is thus essential.
Pitches should furthermore be constructed with proper fencing to keep infill on the pitch, and players should brush off clothes and empty shoes before leaving the pitch.