A recycled alternative to concrete has dramatically driven up sales for Halifax-based recycling business i-plas.
The manufacturer of the product, which it claims is stronger than concrete, said its sales grew threefold in 2008. It also forecasts similar growth in 2009 from new contracts and recycled product launches.
Managing director Howard Waghorn said: We have developed an environmentally-friendly alternative to concrete and steel. It has huge potential within the construction industry, which is under pressure to improve its environmental performance. Our material is made with 100% recycled content and is 100% recyclable. Its environmental impact is low compared with concrete and steel and we are keen to see it adopted as a standard specification for projects that are designed to use resources efficiently and have sustainability designed into every component.
REY project manager for plastics Steve Ogden said: The financial support REY was able to give i-plas means Yorkshire has a leading manufacturer of high-quality products using 100% recycled content mixed plastic. The company is setting the standard for this kind of plastic manufacturing by collecting, reprocessing and manufacturing locally and supplying a wide range of customers with environmentally-friendly products that will last and last.