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Industrial Symbiosis at Haffey Sports Grounds

Based in Portadown, Haffey Sports Grounds aims to create and maintain high quality sports grounds and golf courses across Ireland.

The company has over 50 years’ experience in designing and constructing some of the finest natural sports surfaces. Moreover, Haffey provides synthetic pitches for schools, sports complexes, clubs societies and premiership football clubs. For example, sand-based, water-based and 3 G pitches suitable for every sport. Haffey Sports Grounds is also able to supply all the ancillary requirements of a synthetic pitch such as fencing, catch nets, floodlights, retaining walls and surrounding paths.

Used synthetic carpet from a sports pitch that was intended for landfill.  Cookstown District Council (now Mid Ulster District Council) contacted the Industrial Symbiosis service when they were proposing to replace the sports pitch surface.  The council was determined to divert this resource from landfill in order to reduce costs and pressure on landfill.

‘Discovering a suitable local business that was able to find an alternative use for this resource was challenging. However, we were able to overcome this with the assistance provided by the Industrial Symbiosis service.’ Jack Salt, Managing Director, Haffey Sports Grounds

The council then instructed Haffey Sports Grounds (the successful contractor) to work alongside the Industrial Symbiosis service on finding suitable reuse opportunities. 

A practitioner from Industrial Symbiosis investigated various suitable locations and sites where this resource could be reused and forwarded the relevant contact details to Haffey Sports Grounds. After a short period of discussion and negotiation The Jungle NI, an outdoor activity centre, near Moneymore was selected as it was geographically closest and could remove the material within the timeframe required. The council made savings of £27,500 based on the diversion on the synthetic carpet from landfill and additionally, saved 1,597 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

The Jungle NI was able to reuse the material in high traffic areas, reducing soil erosion and enhancing the appearance of their paintball and outdoor adventure site. This led to reduced site maintenance costs.