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NRAs 2014: Best Recycled Product

Winner: F-Board

F-Board is a replacement for wooden scaffold board, made from 100% recycled PVC. Wooden scaffolding boards can vary in weight from 12-35kg, and can split, splinter and break. A person standing in the middle of a board can also cause the ends to tip up, which can be a trip hazard for others.

Many boards are wasted before they are even used if they are warped, bent or twisted. Those that are used generally have a lifespan of 18 months to two years.

“This demonstrated a better alternative to the original product it was replacing. As the product it was replacing had a short lifespan, this oered great benefits through end-of-life take-back and replacement. It has lots of potential.”

The Judges

F-Board is made mainly from construction waste, such as recycled u-PVC windows and waste pipes. Filters from the cooling towers of power stations and single-use advertising banner material, which often finds its way to landfill, are also recycled into F-Boards. And the boards themselves can be granulated at the end of life and turned back into new F-Boards.

The product is designed to address the shortcomings of the traditional wooden scaffold board, and is estimated to have a sixth of the carbon footprint of its wooden counterpart.

The system comprises a board and a connecting strip, which locks the boards to the scaffold. This removes the risk of a trip hazard. The boards also feature a non-slip surface which is effective in wet and frosty weather. They are a consistent weight of 13.5kg, and are made to the same dimensions as existing wooden boards. This means that F-Boards will integrate with wooden boards and stocks of wooden boards can be replaced over time.

The lifespan of an F-Board is more than four years, and the company will buy them back for recycling at the end of their life.

The Finalists:

  • Highly Commended: B&Q

B&Q’s EasyGrow bedding plant with teabag technology is an alternative to traditional bedding plants, which are sold in peat-based compost within a difficult to recycle polystyrene tray. EasyGrow avoids the use of peat by using a coir pith growing medium. This is encased in a compostable polylactide fabric derived from corn starch, which sit in a tray made from 100% recycled and recyclable APET plastic. The trays are designed for reuse but can be recycled in the household waste stream. EasyGrow will replace more than 90% of the brand’s most popular bedding plants, accounting for around 15 million packs a year.

  • 2G Environmental
  • CeDo
  • Green Warehouse
  • KB Industries UK
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • Sicut Enterprises

F-Board

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