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First artificial turf field made of recyclable plastic installed

September 15, 2020
(Photo: EliteTurf)

(Photo: EliteTurf)

Ranney School in Tinton Falls, N.J., is the first facility in the U.S. to install the Power System from Elite Turf, powered by Act Global. The Power System is an eco-friendly turf system that is 100 percent recyclable.

Ranney School partnered with Princeton Soccer Academy (PSA) to completely returf its existing soccer, lacrosse and field hockey fields totaling 80,000 square feet.

“We are excited to have this state-of-the-art technology that will increase the safety for our student-athletes,” said Ranney School Athletic Director Natalie Gorman. “The ability to feature the same playing ground as the professionals use on our campus is an incredible benefit for our students. This system will increase the playing hours, be better on the environment and increase the safety of our students.”

Elite Turf’s Power System encompasses a woven turf that is strong and durable. It’s built on the ProPlay pad foundation, which plays and feels firm while testing soft, reducing injuries. With no polyurethane backing, the synthetic turf is recyclable at end of life, and its interlocked fibers stand vertical, offering superior and consistent ball roll, steady footing and reduced glare and heat.

“Some of the greatest qualities of any sports surface are not visible to the naked eye when the surface is complete,” said Moshe Grant, COO at Elite Turf. “A key factor within our Power System is the effect the warps and wefts structure of our woven turf has on the permeability of our turf system.”

Elite Turf says the Power System is a patent-pending infill that can aid in removing over 1 million bottles from the ocean per field.

“Our athletes, their families, field owners and the environment deserve better. The Elite Turf Power system is a win for all parties, reducing exposure to toxic chemicals, helping to prevent injuries, cutting costs through its recyclability and removing dangerous plastic from our oceans,” said Paul Adams, vice president of sales and marketing at Elite Turf. “Completing our first installation in the U.S. with Ranney School and Princeton Soccer Academy is an important milestone for us, and we look forward to introducing our product to additional athletic facilities and public and private institutions across the country in the coming months.”

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