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How to Dispose of AstroTurf

Updated April 17, 2017

AstroTurf can be a long-lasting, low-maintenance alternative to natural grass. As turf ages out, it can go kerbside. However, the growing use of AstroTurf and other synthetic turfs in recent decades have led to disposal alternatives. Because use of crumb rubber has given artificial turf a bad rap in the past, the eco-conscious often equate the disposal process to getting rid of old carpet or tires.Newer models of artificial turf, such as AstroTurf sister company SYNLawn, make eco-friendliness a selling point.

Determine if anyone else can use the turf. Check classified ads in newspapers or online; or offer the material yourself via a site like Craigslist. Someone might be able to give the old turf new life as a practice putting surface or a cat-scratch post cover.

Sell the turf. Check with Surfacing Strategies, which runs the Used Artificial Turf website, for people in the market to buy old turf.

Recycle the turf. Even if the local recycling centre isn't equipped to take it, consult optons like Fieldaway, a Georgia-based company that comes with the Synthetic Turf Council's recommendation. Target Technologies International Inc. turns old turf fields into fuel for cement factories in the U.S. and Canada. SYNLawn, which is AstroTurf's sister company for residential products, has its own recycling program.

Slice unwanted turf into strips with a utility knife to fit the length of a trash bag.

Boil water in a pot. Amount needed depends on how many stubborn glue spots are holding down the turf.

Pour water on tough spots.

Work a putty knife between surface and turf to pull the turf from the glue.

Pack turf strips in trash bags.

Tip

Check with local waste hauler to determine if there are special pickup requirements. AstroTurf and SYNLawn in recent years have been made with recycled materials and are considered to be safe for landfills.

Warning

Older AstroTurf may require special pickup and a waste disposal fee. The Sports Turf Managers Association has estimated disposal and resurfacing costs to be £4.2 to £5.0 for every square foot of turf. New Yorkers For Parks estimated that disposal alone could cost £1.10 to £1.40 per square foot.

Things You'll Need

  • Utility knife
  • Trash bags
  • Boiled water
  • Putty knife
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About the Author

David Hunt became a professional journalist in 2001. He's covered courts and politics for "The Florida Times-Union" and "The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review." He also was a copy editor at "The Meadville Tribune" in northern Pennsylvania. Hunt received his Bachelor of Arts in literature from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2001.