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Recycled plastic offers an alternative to timber, even in Dubai

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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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