The recycling of synthetic surfaces (artificial turf, fall protection, running tracks) will become an ever-greater challenge for municipalities and associations in the years ahead. Until now, only a proportion of the materials have been reused once their useful life is over, with the majority being incinerated. Complex process steps are required, and different substances have to be separated at high cost in order to return the materials to the resource cycle. To date, only a small percentage has been returned to the cycle. However, as municipalities and associations will increasingly be looking for sustainable solutions in the coming years, this topic will be discussed in more detail at the next FSB.
As well as showcasing various suppliers from this field, the Recycling Forum in Hall 10.1 will feature a special exhibition highlighting the lifecycle of “Synthetic surfaces in the sports sector” and a forum in which stakeholders from industry, associations and the service sector will give short lectures on this theme. With a demonstration of some of the processes used to recycle sports flooring as an end product, there will also be no shortage of action when it comes to this complex topic.
Partners in the Recycling Forum include the German Federal Association for Swimming Pools and Wellness (bsw), Polytan, SMG Sportplatzmaschinenbau GmbH and FSB’s partner associations.