Sportex Group and tiger up! launch recycling co-operative

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Sportex Group and tiger up! (a subsidiary of TigerTurf UK Ltd) are delighted to announce a new working co-operative agreement to facilitate the UK’s first closed loop recycling facility for end-of-life synthetic turf facilities. This exciting development combines the unique technology of both companies to bring together a fully traceable and compliant recycling solution to ensure that all components from a synthetic turf pitch can be separated, thoroughly cleaned, and most importantly processed into a condition to be re-used within the sports facility construction industry.

Using Sportex’s existing recycling technology, reclaimed sand and SRB rubber that meets the existing standards of the industry will be available for re-use within the sports facility projects. tiger up! current plastic agglomeration technology has been moved to Sportex’s existing recycling factory in Grangemouth, Scotland where a constant feedstock of un-filled end-of-life artificial turf will be processed and facilitate the production of tiger up!’s innovative and sustainable products for sale back into our industry, including trekboards, which are gaining enormous traction across the UK as a sustainable alternative to timber kickboards.    

Conversations are already taking place with industry partners who share our vision and ethos for sustainable change in the UK sports facility industry, but crucially also see tremendous benefit in collaborating to promote sustainable practises and behaviours through action, not words.  We believe this to be a watershed moment in the UK for end-of-life recycling (EOLR) for synthetic turf.

David Hook, Sales Director at TigerTurf says “We’re delighted to announce our collaboration with Sportex Group, a long-standing partner of TigerTurf. When we launched tiger up! in 2021 our goal was to create easily accessible sustainable alternatives for the sports industry and beyond, as well as providing a solution to the mounting issue of recycling end-of-life artificial grass. Our collaboration with Sportex helps us do that. We are ecstatic to be leading our industry into a new era of sustainability and recycling.”

tiger up! nominated for BASIS Award

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Last month, The British Association of Sustainable Sport (BASIS) held their inaugural Sustainable Sports Awards at The Oval. Also celebrating the Associations 10th birthday, a variety of companies came together to showcase their sustainability efforts in the world of sport.

BASIS has provided expert help to sports clubs, venues, and governing bodies for a decade, helping them to understand their impacts, set targets and implement processes to improve their environmental performance.

When the opportunity to enter the awards came around, tiger up! knew we had the perfect submission for the Innovation in Initiatives & Products category.

Many tiger up! products can be used in sports facilities to provide sustainable solutions, everything is made from 100% recycled mixed waste plastics and can be recycled at end of life, creating a closed loop solution.

Although, on the day tiger up! didn’t take home any awards, we were astounded at the efforts and initiatives so many companies are adopting to make the industry more sustainable.

A special mention goes to Planet Super League, also runner up in our category, is a venture that runs tournaments for families to represent their favourite club, scoring goals by taking actions to reduce their CO2 emissions. Also, winner of the Innovation in Initiatives & Products category, the Racing Foundation & Thoroughbred Breeders Association, who’s environment Impact Assessments And Carbon Calculations on Thoroughbred Racehorse Stud Farms have increased engagement around sustainability in the in the industry and broader equestrian community.

Congratulations to the winners and runners up in all categories, you can read more about all the fantastic entrants here.