Recyclers we love.
Here are four Australian reprocessors who are turning soft plastics into useful products for communities.
Replas is a leading manufacturer of recycled plastic products in Australia. Replas manufactures over 200 different products containing 98% recycled plastic, including 10-15% soft plastics. The remaining 2% is colour and stabiliser.
One of the great things about Replas’ products is that they will last over 40 years and can be recycled again and again at end of life. Unlike wood, recycled plastic products require zero maintenance; there is no need to paint or lacquer them, they don’t rot and they are resistant to termites. This saves money in the long term.
Visit Replas to view the product range.
2. Plastic Forests
Plastic Forests specialises in manufacturing recycled plastic products from soft plastic waste. The Australian company was the first in the world to commercialise a unique dry-cleaning process to recycle contaminated soft plastics, without using water.
Plastic Forests transforms used soft plastics into resin for use by the plastics industry or reprocesses it into a range of sustainable recycled products including garden beds, mini wheel stops, dunnage, garden edging, underground cable cover, air-con mounts, and root barrier. In addition to soft plastics, many of their products also incorporate takeaway coffee cups – another challenging waste stream – collected by Simply Cups.
The company had a cameo on 60 Minutes in 2019, featuring their innovative ‘mini wheel stop’ product that helps people “park perfectly in their garage, every time”.
By buying recycled products like these, we ensure that the recycling of soft plastics can continue.
Visit Plastic Forests to view the product range.
3. Close the Loop – TonerPlas™
Close the Loop recycles soft plastic and waste toner from printer cartridges into an asphalt additive called TonerPlas™. This additive results in high-performance roads that last longer and require less maintenance than traditional asphalt. This leads to a reduced whole of life cost and lower greenhouse gas emissions. TonerPlas™ is an award-winning asphalt additive.
4. Downer – Reconophalt
Reconophalt is an innovative and sustainable asphalt pavement manufactured by Downer containing a high percentage of recycled materials. Every kilometre of a two-lane road made with Reconophalt contains the equivalent of 530,000 soft plastic bags and packaging, 168,000 glass bottles, waste toner from 12,500 printer cartridges and approximately 20% reclaimed pavement. TonerPlas™ is a key ingredient of Reconophalt.
Reconophalt has full approval from the NSW EPA, demonstrating it brings no increased environmental risk while providing considerable sustainability and performance benefits.