Everything we buy will be thrown away…unless!

Synthetic turf fields can meet a better fate than the landfill.
By: Adam Coleman | September 10, 2013

Hot Wheels Super Jump RacewayConfession. Last night I threw away my son’s Hot Wheels Super Jump Raceway. It was an awesome toy. We spent hours and hours of father-son time trying to figure out which cars could make the jump and which cars were too heavy to cover the distance. He absolutely loved it. Then we moved. A few pieces got split up into different boxes. A really critical piece broke and then the thing sat there – a heap of plastic in the corner of his playroom. So, last night I was on a mission to round up all the pieces and fix the thing but the mission was not accomplished. We both admitted that it was a bust but being a 3.5 year old he still couldn’t part with it. So after the lights went out, I decisively packed it up and threw it out.

Recently a Canadian billionaire paid $27.5Million for a sweet, cherry red 1967 Ferrari – a 275 GTB/4*S N.A.R.T. Spider to be exact. Only 10 were ever built and all 10 aren’t still around. You know what that means? Some of them at some point were thrown away. Trashed. Junked. Adios.

My wife got me a watch for my birthday. It’s a nice watch – a grown up watch. Sadly, some day it too will meet the fate of the garbage can. (I’m glad she doesn’t read this blog!) I plan to wear it for a long time. One day, it will go out of style. Maybe I’ll gift it to my son so he can throw it away some day. Only Smithsonian level things may have a different fate. Sadly, my watch isn’t one of them.

Your iPhone? Same fate. That cool TV? Same. That nice car you’re driving? You got it. Thrown away. Kaput.

So what’s the good news? Things don’t have to get thrown away. They can be recycled. And recycling isn’t always easy but throwing things away uses up valuable and, let’s be honest, limited resources. Some day in the distant future, I can imagine that someone is going to mine our landfills for resources that we thought were garbage (and they just might find my son’s Hot Wheels track.)

My challenge to synthetic turf owners is to acknowledge that their beautiful, high performance synthetic turf fields are going to eventually wear out and that’s not an easy thing to think about on purchase day. The good news is those fields can meet a better fate than the landfill. They can be recycled into useful and productive products...and TRS can help make that happen.

The LoraxI’ll leave you with a quote from one of my son’s favorite movies, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax: Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.”

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