STC News Release Urges City of Glendale (CA) to reconsider decision to ban synthetic turf in front yards

Dear California Customers:
Thanks so much for contacting us about the City of Glendale, California’s recent decision to ban the use of synthetic grass in front yards throughout the city. We were surprised to learn this news, as the area still faces an important need to conserve water and synthetic grass eliminates the need for watering lawns. Also, while the ban impacts front yards, the City continues to permit homeowners to install synthetic grass in their backyards.

Unfortunately for local residents that already enjoy their synthetic grass landscape, Glendale Mayor Laura Friedman and city leaders might not have been adequately briefed about the safety and many benefits of synthetic grass. The Synthetic Turf Council, a non-profit trade association we belong to, has urged the City of Glendale to reconsider its decision. After all, today’s environmentally friendly synthetic grass looks like natural grass and has been proven to be safe by organizations such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Glendale High School, Disneyland, the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Base and thousands of homes, businesses, golf courses, and public spaces have turned to synthetic grass to provide a lush, attractive landscape solution that saves precious water, eliminates the use of toxic fertilizers, and requires minimal maintenance. Synthetic turf playgrounds and sports fields help combat childhood obesity by giving kids a safe place to play while also creating more recreational opportunities for people with disabilities that require an accessible play area. It is used by retirement communities for landscaping to assist residents with mobility challenges.

According to the Southern Nevada Water Authority, every square foot of natural grass replaced by synthetic turf conserves 55 gallons a year. If an average lawn is 1,800 square feet, then homeowners in Glendale save 99,000 gallons of water each year or about $400 annually. Glendale should also study the impact of yard trimmings on its municipal solid waste. In the U.S., the EPA estimates that 33.2 million tons of yard trimmings were generated in 2009, the third largest component of Municipal Solid Waste in landfills. As yard trimmings decompose, they generate methane gas, an explosive greenhouse gas and acidic leachate. Recognizing these benefits, other California municipalities such as Riverside and Foster City are offering homeowners rebates to replace their irrigated areas with synthetic grass.

The safety of synthetic turf has been verified following studies by the U.S. EPA, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment of the California EPA, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Department of Health, Connecticut Departments of Public Health and the Environment to name a few. Visit to see studies posted in their entirety under Research & Latest Thinking or to learn more about synthetic turf overall.

We appreciate your time and will keep you posted as this situation unfolds. Thanks for your interest in synthetic grass!


Challenger Industries, Inc.

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