Some high school football fields are about to be reborn.
TenCate Grass, ExxonMobil and Cyclyx are working on a pilot program to reclaim aging polyethylene artificial turf through chemical recycling and put the material back into new turf and other programs.
TenCate Turf Recycling Solutions is starting by processing 50 turf fields from high schools and college campuses. The end-of-life turf will be shipped to a Southern California facility where it will be shredded.
From there, it will go to Cyclyx International in Texas for further pre-processing before it goes to ExxonMobil's Baytown, Texas, facility for recycling.
TenCate maintains that artificial turf is a better environmental choice because it doesn't require watering, mowing or other maintenance.
"Finding an effective way to recycle synthetic turf will make it an even better option. Although many companies talk about the recyclability of artificial grass, that usually means the old turf is repurposed for use in other applications, such as in batting cages or for groundcover. But ultimately, this turf ends up in landfills or discarded piles," the company said.