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Plaswood – a Renewable Building Product for the 21st Century

Plaswood is a leading brand producing Plaswood lumber and construction materials that provide structural and practical solutions to environments exposed to the elements, such as the vast expanse of the UK’s railway network.

Demand for Plaswood has hit an all-time high in many sectors, especially in the outdoor construction where Plaswood’s maintenance free, long life qualities are the key ingredient for the successful construction of revetment walls, fencing and pathways and are an eco-friendly substitute for non-renewable materials such as wood, concrete and steel.

Plaswood is strong, durable, waterproof, versatile and 100% recyclable. Made in the UK from 100% recycled plastic the product supports the circular economy and is not a wood composite like many other plastic wood products on the market.

Although robust, Plaswood is flexible in the sense it can be formed into virtually any shape and is versatile as it can be used alongside steel and concrete too. Its strength comes from its construction from technically superior waste agricultural plastics. The high performance product is non-absorbing and weatherproof, which makes it a more sustainable and cost-effective than traditional building materials.

Mike Baxter, External Affairs Director, RPC bpi recycled products said: “Plaswood’s long life qualities are the key ingredient for the success of many constructions because it doesn’t wear, rust or degrade with age but adds real value over the life of the product. It has a clear edge over wooden structures simply because it will not rot and requires no annual maintenance.”

Plaswood’s roots date back to the 1980’s. Today it is manufactured by RPC bpi recycled products, Europe’s largest recycler of waste plastic, at its dedicated factory in Dumfries, Scotland. The company boasts an annual recycling capacity in excess of 100,000 tonnes of waste, mainly from the agricultural sector’s waste farm bale plastic.

Mike Baxter continues: “As a leading manufacturer and supplier of recycled plastic products we recognise our responsibility to operate with due concern for the environment in which we live and work and to minimise the impact of our activities on that environment,” Mike continued. “Through close contact with national governments and industry regulators we are at the forefront of legislative developments. We continue to develop our processes and working practices to meet, as a minimum standard, both our legal and social obligations.

“We continually seek to improve our performance by setting objectives and targets combined with clear management programmes and initiatives to minimise our impact on the environment. The market for more sustainable construction and building materials continues to grow; we will invest and enlarge our production facilities to meet this increased demand for our products.”

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