Two construction firms have stipulated the use of recycled plastic plywood in future construction hoardings.
ISG Pearce and The Apollo Group specified the use of EcoSheet panels in building work through National Framework Agreements, which set out requirements to use the product, following successful trials on retail and social housing projects.
The material, which uses local low grade waste plastics from consumer, construction and commercial sources to form the recyclable panels, was developed by 2K Manufacturing in Luton. It is now thought that the material could replace the 25 million non-recyclable plywood sheets which are used annually in the construction industry.
Apollo Group environmental and sustainability manager, Andy Merrin said: “Apollo is fully committed to sustainable procurement, and we are proud to have been at the forefront of these trials. The introduction of EcoSheet provides us with a viable alternative to plywood, significantly improving the durability and aesthetics of traditional hoarding.”
EcoSheet has also received interest from other major contractors, who are considering replacing plywood with the material in their own construction hoardings.