Artificial turf surfaces are a type of plastic carpet. During play on such surfaces, the SBR Rubber and EPDM granulate (the material used for infilled artificial turf) and the synthetic grass fibres are exposed to repeated stressing. The mechanical wear from high tread loads – as arising during football or rugby – causes tiny particles or blades of artificial grass to break off.
This amounts to 250 to 300 kg per year for modern sports pitches. These particles need to be prevented from entering the natural water cycle, and ultimately the food chain, via rainwater draining off the pitch.
SPORTFIX CLEAN channels offer a simple but extraordinarily simple solution. The channels safely collect not only surface water flowing off the sports field contaminated with microplastics, but also larger microplastic parts transported to and collected along the edge of the pitch during play. The water is collected and drained off in the channel run, while being fed through the channel filter and filtered at the same time.
The filter substrate used, Carbotec 60, is able to permanently retain the finest particles with sizes down to 0.45 µm.