The advantages of recycled plastic as a construction material
31 May 2023
Recycled plastic is an indispensable material that offers multiple benefits both for the construction industry and the environment. Still, it is not used enough – of all the plastic waste produced globally, only 9 % gets recycled. Let’s review why we should be using it more.
Using recycled plastic instead of virgin materials implements the circular approach in construction, minimizing waste, energy use, and carbon emissions.
Compared to construction materials such as concrete, wood, and aggregates, recycled plastic is lightweight and therefore much safer and easier to transport, lift, and install.
Since it is easy to stack, plastic takes fewer truckloads and saves significant amounts of storage space on worksites.
Unlike metal and wood, plastic is resistant to water, rot, and corrosion, which makes it irreplaceable in challenging environments and difficult weather conditions.
Because it can be molded into any shape, plastic offers endless possibilities for ergonomic design and formwork solutions, which would be difficult, expensive, or impossible to achieve with wood and metal.
Thanks to its lightness and flexibility, plastic requires fewer accessories and can be installed manually, without heavy machinery and lifting equipment.
Recycled plastic can be utilized in virtually any part of the building: for flooring, roof covering, landscaping, formwork, water, waste management, etc.