4) Synthetic Tire Waste Fields

Are More Expensive to Maintain Than Grass


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          ARTIFICIAL “TURF” FIELDS ARE MORE EXPENSIVE than natural grass according to studies,

(note; synthetic tire waste fields [artificial turf] are only warranteed for 8 years)

 

 

Artificial Turf

Natural Grass

Source: San Francisco Rec and Parks

 

 

Installation

$800,000

$260,000

Annual Maintenance

$6,000

$42,000

Cost of Disposal

Unknown but significant as a hazardous waste

$0

Average annual cost for guaranteed life of 8 years. 

$106,000

$74,500

Average annual cost for life of 10 years

$86,000

 

$68,000

 

Average annual cost for life of 15 years (maximum life span seen asserted in the literature)

$59,333

$59,333

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source:  Facts About Artificial Turf and Natural Grass

 

 

Cost of construction and maintenance per sq. ft.

$7.80 - $10.75

With high quality soil amendments

$6.50 - $7.95

With native soils

$2.50 - $5.25

Cost of disposal per sq. ft.

$1.75 - $2.25

$0

Springfield College case study installation and maintenance average annual cost during 8 year guaranteed life of artificial turf - no disposal costs included

$105,000

 

($800,000 install & annual maintenance of $5,000)

 

For a 10 year life the figure is $85,000;

for 15 years it is $58,377

$78,000

 

($400,000 install & $28,000 annual maintenance)

 

For a 10 year life the figure is $68,000;

for 15 years it is $54,666

 

 

 

 

Source:  A Guide to Synthetic and Natural Turfgrass for Sports Fields

 

 

Cost of installation per square foot

$7.80 to $10.75

$2.50 to $5.25 if done with native soils

$3.50 to $5.25 if done with combination of native soils and sand.

$6.50 to $7.95 if done with sand and drainage

Annual Maintenance

$5,000 to $25,000

$4,000 to $11,000 as per the case studies provided

Disposal per square foot - note this cost does not include the cost of transportation or landfill surcharges for environmentally controlled products

$1.75 to $2.25

$0

 

The SportsTurf Managers Association recently produced a guide to construction and maintenance of all field types

Synthetic Turf/infill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . US $7.80-$10.75 per sq. ft. (US $83.96-$115.71 per m

Natural grass with sand and drainage . . . . . . . ..  . . . . US $6.50-$7.95 per sq. ft.(US $69.97-$85.57 per m

Natural grass with sand cap . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...  . . . . US $3.50-$5.25 per sq. ft.(US $37.67-$56.51 per m

Natural grass with native soils. . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . US $2.50-$5.25 per sq. ft.(US $26.91-$56.51 per m

Natural grass with on-site native soil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . less than $1 per sq. ft.(US $10.76 per m

 

Tire waste fields include the ADDITIONAL EXPENSES OF;

                        ·        HAZARDOUS WASTE DISPOSAL (approximately every 10 years)

            ·        ALGAECIDES, (chlorine)

            ·        DISINFECTANTS,

      ·        FABRIC SOFTENER TO MASK THE ODOR,

            ·         WATERING,

            ·        EXPENSIVE REPAIRS. The Baltimore Sun reported that fire damage to a 10- by 15-ft. section of the Broadneck High School field will cost it about $15,000 to repair.

            ·        AND EVENTUAL ENVIRONMENTAL CONTAMINATION CLEANUP.

 

The use of artificial turf DOES NOT ELIMINATE THE NEED FOR IRRIGATION. If granules are not watered they dry out faster. Decomposing tire waste needs to be regularly watered to extend its usable pliancy and reduce static electricity.

Even though the initial installation costs are often defrayed by grants or charitable gifts, eventually future replacement costs will not. THE SURFACE HAS A WARRANTY OF ONLY EIGHT YEARS. A representative of a company that installs these fields stated that the tire waste pellets CAN BECOME HARD AS ROCK IN SIX YEARS.

 

                                Silver Terrace- San Francisco

 

The fields need to be regularly mechanically swept of debris more often than lawn needs to be mowed. Because the field is a plastic mesh, it also needs to be meticulously hand scoured for bandaids, twigs, protruding objects, or any other material which sweeping will not remove. Mowers usually pulverize such material.

Today’s LOW INTRODUCTORY COSTS FOR THE MESH AND TIRE INFILL WILL INCREASE ALONG WITH THE PRICE OF ALL PETROLEUM BASED PRODUCTS. Add up the cumulative cost of multiple fields and a municipality will find they have bought into quite an expensive “habit”.

 

Silver Terrace- San Francisco (after sweeping) 

 

   NATURAL GRASS SOIL AND GRASS SCIENCE HAS PROGRESSED

SIGNIFICANTLY. Modern natural grass sports fields include sand in their profile to resist compaction and include a combination of many new improved grass varieties.

Significant savings in lawn care and increased use time have come about by.

·        New strains and combination of grasses

·        New electric and hybrid mowers,

·        modern irrigation systems, design, and construction,

·        and improved field drainage techniques.

THE NEW GRASS TURF FIELDS HAVE GREATLY INCREASED IN DURABILITY FOR ATHLETES WHILE AT THE SAME TIME MAINTAINING GREEN SPACES FOR EVERYONE ELSE.

 

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