Traditional base vs panel system: Which is more eco-friendly?

Every year, over 22 million tons of UK waste is thrown into bins instead of being recycled. It’s a stat that needs to be reduced, which is why we always consider the environmental impact of all our projects.

From material sourcing to installation, and life post-panels, here's how we do our bit to make sure our projects have a reduced negative impact on the environment.  


What the panels are made from

Our panels are made from 100% recycled plastic, often from post-industrial factory scrap - which otherwise would’ve ended up in bins and landfills.

We work with a number of suppliers who are on board with our initiative to become more eco-friendly, and last year alone, our panel partner helped save almost one million kilograms of scrap material from landfills.

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Eco-friendly installation

While traditional synthetic turf installation methods require a deep excavation of 240-300mm, followed by lots of stone, tarmac and sand to create a completely flat base. Our technique needs only approximately 50mm of digging and levelling before the panels can be installed.

In terms of materials required for a standard-size 36m x 18m MultiGame project:

· 58 tons of grass sod and soil removed – that's three 8-wheeled tipper lorries

· 24 tons of 6mm dust limestone to be added – that's two 8-wheeled tipper lorries

· Eight pallets of panels to be delivered – that's one 7.5-ton truck

= Six lorries required

Compared with a typical 36m x 18m traditional stone-based MUGA project:

· 250 tons of grass sod and soil removed – that's 13 8-wheeled tipper lorries

· 175 tons of type one stone to be added – that's nine 8-wheeled tipper lorries

· 60 tons of binding course tarmac to be added – that's three 8-wheeled tipper lorries

· 40 tons of surface course tarmac to be added – that's two 8-wheeled tipper lorries

· Eight rolls of shockpad to be delivered and installed – that's one 7.5-ton truck

= 28 lorries required

Panel install

Panel install

Traditional install

Traditional install

A traditional base construction requires an additional 192 tons of material to be removed from the site, to make room for an extra 201 tons of aggregate and tarmac to be brought in. This equates to 398 tons of material that need to be moved around the site. To put this into context, it means we’d use 22 fewer lorries of material than if the same project was done using traditional methods.

Overall, that’s a seven to one reduction in greenhouse gas emissions! Plus, it’s a much quicker process too.

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Once your panels are installed and you’re enjoying your PlayPitch project, there’s no need to worry about maintenance being non-environmentally-friendly. The heavy-duty geo-textile we install between the ground and our panels acts as a natural weed barrier, removing the need for harsh chemical use on your land.

Life post-panels

Our panels come with a 20-year warranty, which means they won’t need to be thrown away and replaced after a small amount of use. However, if you’re finished with them before that, they can easily be dissembled, moved to another location or reinstalled in another project.

And, as well as being made from 100% recycled waste plastic, our panels are completely recyclable – so they won’t be adding to that 22 million tons of rubbish going into our landfills.

If you’re wanting to begin a project, be that for football, rugby, golf or at a school, but are worried about the environmental impact, costs, or time needed to complete – get in touch to find out more about how our panel system helps reduce all three.