Conservation volunteer group BTCV used British Recycled Plastic to replace a set of eroded steps on the Flamborough coastal path.
Why recycled plastic?
The longevity of any new installation was the most important factor to the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, the organisation responsible for the management of this area. Firstly the need to periodically replace weathered steps burdens the council with continual material and labour costs. The steps experience heavy foot traffic, and take a battering from the costal winds and rain, and have needed replacing on a number of occasions. Secondly the site is a conversation area, where continual disturbance of the environment is undesirable.
The British Trust of Conservation Volunteers had used British Recycled Plastic lumber on a number of projects, and were aware of the durability of the product. Recycled plastic lumber is impact resistant, will not rot split or splinter and is immune to moss and algae growth and impact damage. It can be used as a straight replacement for wood, offering a significantly increased lifespan and therefore the longevity required by the client.
British Recycled Plastic supplied BTCV with various recycled plastic lumber profiles from which BTCV pre-fabricated 90 separate frames in their workshop. The recycled plastic can be cut, screwed and bolted in the same way as wood, with the added benefit that the material does not splinter during cutting making it easy to produce identical units. The steps were designed so that each step frame would slot into the one below it, making an easy to install kit with added strength and stability.
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