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Recycled plastic offers an alternative to timber, even in Dubai

It’s the second time in as many weeks that I’ve heard about an imitation timber product made from recycled plastic

This differs from the product I saw at Interbuild - which is made from recycled polystyrene. Plastic timber production is ramping up in the UK, where it trades under the name of I-Plas.

The West Yorkshire-based company, which originally specialized in paint trays and builders’ buckets, is currently funding research at The University of Sheffield into the structural potential of the material and opening a plant in London to cater to the Olympics.

Products using a similar technology are already manufactured in Holland, Germany, America, and Dubai where it is a rare example of a locally produced material and is being specified by PRP Ai in Abu Dhabi for an external sunscreen on The Park, a mixed use hotel and office project. Because it resists moisture, this plastic lumber is particularly effective for exterior applications such as bridge decks, fencing, and paving and curbstones.

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  • I am part of a large horticultural growing operation supplying a large portion of the ornamental garden plant industry here in the British Isles.
    We are having a new recycling and efficency drive just now and some bi-products of our production include tonnes of polythene bale wrap and strech film.
    I would be interested in moving this on to be used as a raw material for another manufacturing industry such as imitation wood.
    I wonder if this can be done?

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