Recycling of Plastic Waste Barriers

On this project there is a large amount of plastic water barriers (approximately 1.5km in length). Over time sections of this barrier became worn or damaged from vehicle strikes, handling etc. and becomes unfit for use – usually when it can no longer hold water. They gathered up quite a quantity of these end-of-life barriers and were looking at a substantial disposal bill – as well as affecting their waste performance.

They looked into a few local recycling options and contacted procurement to assist. In the end they discovered that the barrier manufacturers would take the barriers themselves and recycle into new product. This was done free of charge, with the contractor paying for the transport only.

50 of these 25kg barriers were sent for recycling in total, meaning 1.25tonnes of plastic was recycled.

The benefits of this were savings in cost, prevented disposal to landfill, and improved waste performance.

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Entry submitted by John Sisk and Son Ltd


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