Fencing firm Plastecowood has come up with a neat solution for at least a fraction of the UK’s 3.7m tonnes/year of plastic waste.
The company’s Smartafix Forever Fence kits are made wholly from low-grade recycled plastic waste that would previously have been sent to China, or to landfill or incineration in the UK.
So, for every 1t of plastic waste the company uses, 700kg of carbon is diverted from landfill.
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The fence kits come as an easy-to-assemble pack with pre-drilled holes and very few fixings required, says Plastecowood, and they can be ordered in different styles including knee rails and boundary fencing. If an organisation provides its own plastic waste then Plastecowwod offers Smartawood products at a reduced rate.
“As we can process low grades of plastic waste that nobody else can, our costs are lower so we are more economical,” says John Northcott, managing director at Plastecowood.
“At a time when we are faced with a growing plastic waste problem in the UK, Smartawood products like these new fencing kits provide organisations with a chance to help do something about this growing issue.”
The long-life nature of Smartawood means the kits shouldn’t require any maintenance, replacement parts, paint, coatings or preservatives. They do not rot and are expected to last indefinitely.
Prices vary according to volume, design, colour, number of rails and spans, but as a guide, two-rail stock fencing (lumber only) starts at £30/m.