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Why we use recycled plastic in construction?

Why we use recycled plastic in construction?

Recycled plastic is perfect for construction. Since 1998 we have been using it to improve the sustainability and profitability of the construction process. Here is why it is in many cases better than concrete, metal, wood, and many other materials:

Sustainability

Plastic waste can be recycled and used for the manufacturing of new products.
Example: Circular production is one of our main goals, which is why 95 % of our products are made of recycled plastic.

Lightness

Plastic is lighter than wood, metal, and concrete, demanding less mechanical equipment, machinery, and manpower, which improves building speed.
Example: Geotub weighs only 4 kg, offering 44 % better speed performance in the casting of round columns even compared to cardboard.

Flexibility

Plastic can be easily molded into any shape on an industrial scale compared to metal and wood, which makes it suitable for multiple tasks, from concrete casting and water infiltration to grass protection.
Example: Aquabox has a grid-like surface designed to prevent dirt and soil from entering the basin, allowing easy future maintenance of the stormwater system.

Strenght

Plastic has high load resistance and can carry the weight of concrete, water, or heavy vehicles.
Example: Runfloor can carry a weight of over 600 tons per m2, allowing vehicle access across the grass and unstable soil.

Durability

Plastic products are durable and therefore reusable, making construction less costly and leaving less waste on construction sites.
Example: Geopanel and other Geoplast plastic formworks can be reused 100+ times, compared to 12 to 20 uses of plywood.

 
Recycled plastic facts
– The world produces 300 million tons of plastic waste each year,
– If current trends continue, the amount of plastic is projected to double by 2030,
– Out of all plastic waste ever produced, only 9 % has been recycled, 12% has been incinerated, and 79% has accumulated in the environment.

Contact us to use recycled plastic in your next project.