Plastic Planking on Groynes

Testing out experimental methods that could possible reduce environmental impact is always a good idea.

At worst it will fail and the idea can be scrapped, but it could lead to a company wide innovation.

The example below shows how one site achieved this:

  • During the decade since the plastic panels were installed, there was a gradual acceptance that plastic did present a viable opportunity, and the Environment Agency supported the experimental use of a few planks on existing groynes at Broomhill, just east of Camber Sands, in summer 2015;
  • As a result of the trials, the Agency has agreed that the experiment could be broadened at Pevensey;
  • A company called Reluma is now making boards of recycled plastic to exactly the same dimensions as timber, and has even got the colour to more closely resemble wood;
  • Some of these planks were then added to the same groynes but the bulk of the work has involved replacing rotting planks of Green Heart and Douglas Fir;
  • Around 1,000m or recycled plastic planking has been used, saving 17 cubic metres of hardwood. Offcuts can be recycled.

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Monitor report. Pevensey Coastal Defence Ltd. East Sussex. October 2016

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