An ambitious new project aims to develop innovative methods for recycling artificial turf, potentially preventing thousands of tonnes of waste from ending up in landfills.

The partnership between Sportex Recycling and University of the West of Scotland (UWS) aims to use cutting-edge research to significantly enhance sustainability and innovation within the synthetic turf recycling industry.

Sportex Recycling is an industry leader in this industry, and is the first company in the UK to recycle 100% of synthetic turf.

At the moment, the recycling process is complicated – and a material laid underneath the turf known as ‘shock pads’ – can’t be recycled at all.

The project will be exploring ways of addressing this issue – which would be a significant breakthrough.

Luke McGeechan, Group Commercial Director at Sportex Recycling said:

“We are thrilled to embark on this journey of collaboration with University of the West of Scotland. This partnership represents our commitment for continued innovation in sustainable solutions and driving meaningful impact within the recycling sector.”

As part of the project, a comprehensive strategy will be developed to improve existing processes and develop innovative new solutions and products – driving positive environmental change.

The project has been made possible through Innovate UK’s flagship Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme, which brings together universities and businesses to share knowledge and expertise.

Andrew Hursthouse, Professor of Environmental Geochemistry at UWS said:

“We are excited to work alongside Sportex Recycling to apply our research and knowledge in real-world contexts. Together, we have the opportunity to make a meaningful difference in advancing sustainable practices within the synthetic turf recycling industry.”

By combining industry experience with academic excellence, the collaboration aims to deliver practical solutions that contribute to a greener future.

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