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Technical Guidelines

With the publication of its technical guidelines, the Synthetic Turf Council provides objective measures that make it possible to better understand the professional guidelines and test protocols, the selection use and maintenance of synthetic turf systems and the crumb rubber infill used in synthetic turf fields.

Feel free to use and share these copyrighted STC documents, as long as you do not alter them in any way.

The purpose of these voluntary guidelines is to enable owners, buyers, designers, and contractors of synthetic turf to better understand the range of decisions and variables that comprise the “base” of a synthetic turf installation.

A Guideline to Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose, and Remove Synthetic Turf Systems (2017)

The goal of this document is to help the reader better understand the range of processes for identifying and managing the removal and disposition of a synthetic turf system once it may have reached the end of its useful life, or End-of-Life (EOL).

The purpose of these suggested voluntary guidelines is to provide owners, buyers and interested stakeholders an additional resource to better understand the environmental and toxicological considerations when evaluating the use of infill materials.

The purpose of this document is to provide producers, customers, and the public with an understanding of what crumb rubber infill (CRI) is and how the industry manages its safety, purity and quality.

Also available in Spanish, these voluntary guidelines provide owners with objective maintenance guidance to augment, and not replace, the maintenance requirements and procedures of the company or companies providing the warranty for the field and the installation.

On a hot, sunny day, in addition to taking proper precautions to minimize their risk of heat exhaustion, heat stroke or other heat-related health complications regardless of the playing surface, those who play on synthetic turf should consider the practical risk avoidance strategies recommended in this STC guidance document.

Also available in Spanish, these guidelines encourage periodic and voluntary testing to indicate the type of maintenance that should be implemented to maximize multi-purpose sports field performance. If a field is not performing within the desired range in critical test areas despite targeted maintenance, then the owner will know it may soon need to be replaced.


Also available in Spanish, this document intends to provide reliable guidelines that address the need for essential elements to be included in an objective non-proprietary specification for synthetic turf systems.

The Synthetic Turf Council has created these guidelines to help buyers of landscape synthetic grass choose from a wide range of products available in the marketplace, some of which are of uncertain quality and durability.


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To serve as the global forum to promote, develop, grow and advocate for the synthetic turf industry.

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