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.”