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Creating artificial turf yarns with new recycling technologies for circular economy

Project description

Innovative solution for artificial turf waste

The market for artificial turf (AT), especially sports turf, has grown. However, this growth has been gradual and has also increased the amount disposed of end-of-life turf. Today, there is still no sustainable solution for the treatment and disposal of every AT component. The EU-funded Re-Match project has developed an innovative process that efficiently separates components and converts clean plastic fibres into a resin usable in producing high-quality turf yarns. The innovation provides a fully circular life cycle for ATs. The project will define and optimise a pilot plant for resin production and solve some problems such as user acceptance. The project will perform large trial-field demonstrations with already established partnerships with relevant players, such as football associations and municipalities.


The market of artificial turf (AT) has been gradually increasing over the last years, with a production expected to reach 487,4
ktons by 2021, with a similar trend for the amount of end-of-life turf being generated. Approx. 50 million m2 of sport turf were
disposed worldwide in 2017, and this is expected to increase by >70% in 2021. Nevertheless, there is still no sustainable
solution for the treatment and disposal of every AT component. with the combination of two technologies, Re-Match has
developed an innovative process that fills this gap, by efficiently separating components and converting clean plastic fibres
into a resin usable for production of high-quality turf yarns. This game changing novelty enables the upcycle of all the
components, providing 100% circular life-cycle of ATs. It is a cradle-to-cradle solution that contributes to the emergence of
circular economy models, that will decrease the environmental footprint and greatly reduce the waste being disposed.
Re-Match forecasts to sell around 27,000 ton after five years of market introduction, reaching a revenue of more than €32M,
in year 5, with a market share of approx. 25% in Europe. To make this a reality, Re-Match needs firstly to define and
optimize a pilot plant for resin production, and to overcome some barriers such as user acceptance. This can be achieved
through large trial-fields demonstrations, for which Re-Match already established partnerships with very relevant players
(football associations and municipalities) to succeed in the project implementation and exploit the opportunity of this groundbreaking

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Net EU contribution
€ 50 000,00
Hi-park 415
7400 Herning

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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Danmark Midtjylland Vestjylland
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 21 429,00