The construction industry is a major consumer of plastics, these plastics have many advantages, such as hygiene, ease of installation, freedom from maintenance and tailor-made properties. Plastic wall claddings, soffits and fascias are also very popular.
However, plastic has a reputation as a non-recyclable and an environmentaly unfriendly material and in resent times campaigns to recycle plastic and produce construction products from recycled plastic is increasingly important.
Wall claddings, soffits and fascias can be made from recycled plastic. Other construction products being made from recycled plastic include damp proof membranes, water drainage, pipes and ducting, kerbstones, roofing materials, piling and ground stabilisation, scaffolding planks, decking and flooring products and fencing.
Sources for Recycled Plastic Raw Materials
Post-consumer and post-industrial plastic waste is the main source of recycled plastic. Sometimes, this recycled plastic is blended with recycled wood to make a wood-polymer composite.
Plastic bottles, bags and wrapping film provide recyclable polyethylene. CD cases, vending cups and food packaging yield polystyrene for recycling. Recyclable PVC is obtained from windows and industrial products.
Why Recycle Plastic Products?
Definite business benefits can be obtained from using recycled plastic products.
- COST: Recycled plastic products are durable and long-lived, they do not need much maintenance and do not suffer from such problems as rot. Hence, the lifetime costs of recycled plastic products will be lower and they will be excellent value for money.
- STRENGTH AND VERSATILITY: Plastic has high strength-to-weight ratio. Light products mean easier handling, often eliminating mechanical handling aids and still complying with Health & Safety regulations. Plastic is versatile with a wide range of construction products being made with recycled plastic.
- PREFERENCE IN TENDERS: Public sector contracts are easier to win if you can show that you are using environmentally sustainable products. Even private sector organiszations are beginning to give preference to contractors with a reputation for using recycled products.
- CONTRIBUTION TO ENVIRONMENT: By using recycled plastic products, you are telling the world that you care for the environment. This can go a long way in generating goodwill that can benefit your business.
Recycled plastic products require little maintenance and upkeep, are inert and do not pollute water bodies or soil, and can be fully recycled at the end of their lives.
By using recycled plastic products, you are creating a demand for more recycled plastic raw materials, removing them from polluting places.
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