Environmental Protection

LiteEarth Capping System Launched at International Conference

The new capping system unites synthetic grass and EPDM geo-membrane for impermeable, long-lasting cover of landfills and land reclamation projects.

A new, patent pending capping system called LiteEarth was launched at the international Waterproof Membranes Conference in Dusseldorf, Germany. The system features a single-ply composite of synthetic grass fused with EPDM geo-membrane to produce a flexible, durable, one of a kind product for a wide range of permanent closures.

“This is the only capping system which permanently merges EPDM and high-quality synthetic grass, with a proven, patented seaming technology,” said Chuck Fleishman, director of LiteEarth. “These are all trusted, tested components with a long history of performance. By designing them to work together, LiteEarth has engineered the next generation of a truly sustainable and efficient system.”

Addressing a group of more than 120 engineers, Fleishman continued to explain that the synthetic grass provides a natural looking surface, which is more aesthetically pleasing than exposed membrane or natural grass that is not well-maintained. It also eliminates the use of costly and environmentally damaging fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides and mower exhausts required for natural grass maintenance.

“Synthetic grass has been used for decades in a wide variety of functional applications, from rooftops and landscaping to airports and sports fields,” said Fleishman. “LiteEarth fibers are fully tested and UV stabilized to keep the grass from fading, breaking down or losing tensile strength.”

The grass is adhered to the EPDM backing, which provides an ideal balance of flexibility and durability, easily adapting to the surface of the terrain without cracking. EPDM has been used in impermeable environments, including municipal solid waste covers and other applications, for over 30 years worldwide.

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