No one has to convince you that synthetic grass is an asset to just about any landscape. After enjoying your lawn for the last couple of decades, the turf has saved you untold amounts of time, effort, and money. Now that you are thinking about investing in a new lawn with a different style of artificial turf, you do wonder what will become of the older product. Don’t worry; there are a couple of ways to ensure that the old turf ends up in the hands of someone who knows how to recycle it properly. Here are the two most common strategies to consider.
The Local Municipal Recycling Center
Once upon a time, city[operated recycling centers stuck with basics like paper, glass, and plastic. In recent years, more municipalities have come to recognize the value of accepting artificial grass. Before spending a lot of time trying to find a new home for your older turf, it pays to find out if your city or town is among those who have caught on to the many ways that turf can be put to good use.
Donations or purchases of old synthetic grass allow city officials to stretch budgets by using it to replace real sod on municipal properties. Think about how many different places around town that could include. There’s the strip park found along one of the busier streets, along with the city park found near the center of town. The largest cemetery in the city is also owned and operates under the care of the City Council; certainly having artificial sod to keep the grounds looking their best is a great idea. Entertainment venues like baseball fields and amphitheaters are also prime spots for the use of recycled grass.
Using artificial turf as a way to reduce the cost of maintenance and upkeep of city properties is not the only point to consider. Think about what happens when a drought takes place. The city has to reduce water consumption for the duration of the drought. Should the lack of rain last for an extended period of time, that means having to replace the dead grass with fresh sod at some point in the future. The expense associated with replacing the grass after a drought is significant.
Compare that cost with the expense of installing recycled artificial turf. No matter how long the drought lasts, the landscaping at all municipal sites will look great. That leaves more money for city officials to allocate to other matters. It also translates into more water that can be allocated for use by the citizenry for things like bathing, cooking, and all the day to day essentials.
Assuming your municipal recycling center does accept older synthetic turf, find out everything you can about the qualifications the grass must meet. The current guidelines will make it easier to determine if the style of your grass is a good fit, and if the general condition meets current standards. Some municipalities will even pick up the sod once it’s been taken up and bundled into rolls.
Local Buyers for Used Synthetic Turf
Local landscaping companies that install artificial turf are likely to be interested in removing and recycling your older grass. Ask the service that you are thinking of using for the new turf installation. A representative will confirm if they do purchase older grass and what type of compensation is provided. Since you will be using the company for the new grass installation, ask if you will receive a discount in exchange for selling the old turf to them. There’s a good chance that you will receive some type of special deal that saves a reasonable amount of money.
Keep in mind that many of these buyers offer first quality recycled turf to a wide consumer base. Thanks to the ability to set up an online store featuring recycled turf, it’s easy to reach out to consumers who want a lush lawn but must work with a limited budget. Your old turf could end up gracing the grounds of a high school on the other side of the country. Perhaps it will be used in a sports arena that is being constructed in a town in the next county. It could end up being used as part of the landscaping for historical sites close to home or hundreds of miles away.
Does Recycling Synthetic Turf Really Make That Much of a Difference?
A friend remarked that recycling the older grass didn’t seem to be all that important. That made you stop and wonder if it really is worth the time and trouble.
Stop and think about all the benefits you’ve enjoyed thanks to the presence of that turf on your property. Consider how much money someone else will save once the turf is cleaned, treated, and prepared for use in a new venue. Another owner will now enjoy almost all of the advantages you enjoyed, including the easier maintenance and the resistance to adverse weather.
It’s not just about passing on something that another person or entity can put to good use. The materials used to manufacture artificial turf are not biodegradable. If the old grass was thrown into a landfill, all it would do is take up space. Choosing to recycle the grass reduces the amount of junk that ends up at the city dump and makes it possible to avoid having to expand the landfill for a little longer. Thanks to the efforts of you and your neighbors, more land can be used for new housing, schools, parks, and other important elements of the community.
Before you proceed with the replacement of your older turf, take the time to ask around and find out who is interested in being the happy recipient of something that’s still in good enough shape to provide years of service. Work out the details for the pickup and delivery of the used grass and rest assured that your efforts will make a difference for others in more ways than one.