New lease of life for surfaces

TigerTurf UK has unveiled TenCate Ecocept , a pioneering new system which makes use of recycled plastics and old artificial surfaces in the construction of brand new artificial grass pitches (AGPs).
Providing a comprehensive solution to the issue of what to do with ageing AGPs, the environmentally-friendly base layer from the manufacturer’s parent company TenCate also carries a host of benefits for ground stabilisation, drainage, sports performance and overall environmental impact.
Ecocept has been specially developed to prevent as many used materials as possible from going to landfill, with up to 90% of the product made from otherwise landfilled products such as end of life plastics and rubber crumb. Not only does this offer the option of closed-loop recyclability, but it has the potential to save as much as 140 tonnes of materials from going to landfill – the equivalent of £30,000 in costs – compared to traditional installations.
Additionally, the carbon footprint of each new pitch is further reduced by the layer’s high load-bearing capacity – meaning fewer truckloads of soil are removed at the installation stage – whilst Ecocepts impressive drainage properties help to avoid costly trenched drainage below the field, making the solution as cost effective as it is useful.
Given that the new base layer is compatible with many of TigerTurf’s synthetic turf products, the manufacturer can now offer a complete and eco-friendly solution for investors looking to reduce their impact on the environment without compromising on performance.
Paul Langford, Managing Director at TigerTurf UK told The Landscaper, “The traceability of materials and what happens to surfaces after they are recycled is an increasingly important issue within the industry, and we’re thrilled to be able to deliver a simple but comprehensive solution.
“Research and development is at the heart of everything we do and it’s fantastic to be able to demonstrate this commitment with the launch of this innovative new system. Not only does Ecocept give a new lease of life for surfaces which would otherwise end up in a landfill, but its versatility and performance extends the array of benefits TigerTurf surfaces can offer.”
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