FIFA publishes guidelines on recycling of artificial turf

Since the launch of the FIFA Quality Programme for Football Turf in 2001, FIFA has continuously developed the standard in light of new challenges. This has included tailoring it to the professional game, aligning testing with other sports and international standards as well as carrying out extensive mechanical, biomechanical and medical research on artificial turf surfaces.

Recycling and other end-of-life options for artificial turf pitches have increasingly become the focus of municipalities and pitch owners confronted with ageing surfaces. Following consultation with industry, members of FIFA’s Quality Programme, Sustainability & Diversity and Member Association Services teams selected Eunomia Research & Consulting from a number of providers to develop best-practice guidelines on the reuse and recycling of artificial turf. The document outlines the environmental impact of particular components of artificial turf and pinpoints the benefits of the various end-of-life treatment methods for artificial turf pitches.

The study identifies the need for more awareness around recycling of these pitches and provides useful information for facility owners that are looking to replace or build new facilities. For both scenarios, the key is to understand the impact of different disposal options – ranging from reuse and recycling to incineration and landfill – and to make an informed decision on a case-by-case basis depending on the local circumstances. The need for a better understanding of what is being offered as “recycling” as well as the growing enforcement of waste legislation are a further incentive to get involved with this topic in depth.

See the whole study here:

Environmental impact study on artificial football turf