Removal cannot be avoided
Unlike natural grass, artificial turf only has a limited useful life. The duration of the life span depends on several factors. Those factors include the artificial turf’s quality at the time of installation, accuracy of the installation and especially how heavily it was used.
There are a number of signs that indicate that the artificial turf sports ground’s useful life span is at an end: Worn spots, damage at the seams, reduced force reduction due to compaction of the material or hardening of the rubber granulate. If the time for removal has come, we can take care of it quickly and cheaply.
We take off the artificial turf surfaces with a special-purpose machine that was partly developed by us. By applying this machine we can reduce the strain on the existing elastic layer, as only the machine that rolls up the turf surface drives directly on the elastic layer.
This particular machine is now used by a wide range of our competitors all over the world to take off artificial turf surfaces. The machine separates the sand from the artificial turf using tapping motions. The artificial turf is rolled up and then either used a second time or subject to thermal recycling. The sand is stored outside the sports ground and subsequently dispatched. It is also subject to second usage.
We recommend architects, planners and the people responsible to take into account the overall life cycle costs of an artificial turf area ahead of the construction. The use of sand and rubber granulate as infill material lead to comparatively high costs for removal as the mixture cannot be separated entirely, so the sand cannot be used for other purposes afterwards.
Since the rubber granulate hardens over the years, sports functional requirements like force reduction are no longer fulfilled. This means that the infill material will not be separated or reused as it has to be disposed of as a mixture.
There are two alternatives for reducing the overall life cycle costs while still acting in an ecologically sustainable manner. For example, it is possible to only use quartz sand as bedding material for artificial turf grounds, but as this method is no longer up to date we recommend using cork instead. Since cork is an entirely natural raw material that degrades biologically over a long period of time, it is not necessary to separate the material, and it can be used for other purposes afterwards.
Feel free to contact us for more information on the life cycle costs of artificial turf surfaces and the respective bedding material.