Despite the many advantages of artificial grass like any other man made product, it can’t last forever. So when the time comes for us to dispose of this type of grass, it is our responsibility to do it the right way. But what is the right way, and how do we go about it? We'll discuss these details and more in the subsequent parts of this article.
How To Recycle Artificial Grass?
We are familiar with recycling paper and plastic. But, did you know that recycling of artificial grass is now also possible? So when it is time to dispose of your artificial grass, don’t just throw it into the trash. It would help if you recycled it in the proper way using ethical and environmentally friendly, sustainable avenues. You probably must have heard people say that synthetic grass can’t be recycled and that it can only be thrown out, but that isn’t true. Years of extensive research by experts committed to improving environmental sustainability have proved that recycling is possible.
Although recycling synthetic grass is not as easy as recycling glass, plastic water bottles or tin cans, it is possible. But the reason why it is difficult to recycle is that the artificial grass is made of plastic materials (latex, polypropylene, polyurethane, and polyethylene) that are categorized as infill. This infill is made up using non-biodegradable materials such as sand, which are difficult to separate from the recyclable materials. Often, these infill materials are designed to give the grass ‘pile’ stability and shock absorbency. When you consider that recycling involves separating all the components of a particular material, it becomes clear that separating the parts of artificial grass isn’t easy. This is why people prefer to just throw the fake grass out than recycle it.
During the proper recycling process of artificial grass, the landscaping materials are separated and processed, then processed efficiently. These recycled materials are immediately converted to raw materials and used to produce new products.
What Is The Future Of Recycling Artificial Grass?
As more and more people are becoming committed to the sustainability of the environment, recycling synthetic grass has become something anyone can do on their own. This is due to the innovative technology and effort that has been put into simplifying the process of grass recycling. There are several companies dedicated to making the environment sustainable for living. They have also made it possible to recycle the components of artificial grass as efficiently as possible through some systems they have put in place.
Without any doubt, artificial grass can be recycled. To do so, you have to take note of these steps. The first step is to separate the components of the artificial grass. These components include the synthetic turf and the infill, usually made of sand. Then, the recyclable components are then processed. The turf is further cut into tiny pieces, after which it is melted under high temperatures. This melted turf is then molded into pellets of different sizes and shapes. These pellets are either re-entered into the cycle or used as a polymer to make fresh products.