Renowned for it’s scenic landscape, remote beaches and the world heritage rain forest of Daintree National Park, Cape Tribulation is home to a recycled plastic Enduroplank™ foot path. Using recycled plastic in such a remote area is a great example of the durable, long lasting products from Replas – in the harsh rain forest environment. With a range of activities and a high tourist count, the recycled plastic decking shows that Closing the Loop can defer plastic from going into the beautiful Cape Tribulation ocean, and into a low maintenance, termite resistant product that will be there for many years to come.
Hon Lily D’Ambrosio is the state Minister for Environment, Energy & Climate Change and she attended our facilities at the REC with the Carrum Downs MP – Sonya Kilkenny and Dominik Nicholls, Senior Manager of Resource Recovery at Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning.
The group attended the meeting in the hope to gain a greater insight into Replas and to listen to the pain points Replas experiences with engaging industries and stimulating markets. This meeting presented a ‘thought starter’ with 5 potential solutions for ensuring responsibility of our plastic packaging waste was treated as a resource and not waste by improving procurement of our recycled plastic products.
The Minister had some great questions and was genuinely interested in assisting the growth and exposure of Replas to ensure LGA’s are armed with knowledge when making decisions on whether to continue to purchase timber and other materials or seek an alternative to ‘Closing The Loop’ on their recycling programs by purchasing recycled plastic products. Replas would like to thank Lily, Keira, Sonya, and Dominik in taking the time to educate themselves and now the public on the importance of creating this Circular Economy.
The department of parks and conservation have installed Replas 145 mm bollards in a large reserve for the horse riding community. These bollards were installed with signage that guides both horse riders and bike trail riders. The markers indicate crossing ahead, trail courtesy, and more. Recycled plastic products were used in this remote location because the Replas bollards will survive the conditions of frost and dampness in this environment. Replas recycled bollards do not crack, rot, or split and require little maintenance. This gives the ACT Government a product they can rely on and will be there for horse riders and bike riders for many years to come.
At the very popular camping grounds at Wilsons Prom lies Tidal River, offering nearly 500 camping and caravan sites situated near the beach and river. Along the river is an assortment of Trackmarker signs, bollards with water taps and drinking fountains, and other bollards made from recycled plastic from Replas. There is also a recycling program in place for the area which enables the local Parks VIC staff and crew to ensure visitors are reducing, reusing, and recycling as best as they can. Having recycled plastic products at such a prestigious nature spot in Victoria shows that low maintenance, durable products made from recycled plastic lasts and fits perfectly into the environment it surrounds, rather than in the lakes and streams.
With over 250,000 pieces of plastic packaging being saved from the ocean and landfill, Rosebud Primary School in Victoria is leading the way with ‘Closing the Loop’ on their recycling program by purchasing two Brunswick Bar Settings and a customised Kingfisher Seat. Assistant Principal, Leigh McQuillen and his colleagues are “so wrapped in how the recycled plastic furniture completes [their] school look.” Leigh continues, “the kids love the multiple seating options in their courtyard and the statement displayed both environmentally and capturing the school values is just so important. The Buddy Benches are designed to highlight our school HEART values, and give children a place to relax and find a friend during breaks.” Rosebud Primary HEART is the acronym for their values – Honesty, Effort, Attitude, Respect, and Teamwork
Installed at the Trafalgar Truck Parking in Baw Baw Shire Council lies recycled plastic blue bollards from Replas. These round bollards provide a barrier between the main road and the garden next to the parking area and barricading certain areas next to the walking track. Recycled plastic bollards are a great fit for any outside area for the longevity and low maintenance. The round blue shape stands out from the brown and green bush area, making it clear for visitors to see them. Recycled plastic bollards completes any park, garden, or nature strip that needs clear direction. Check out all the different ranges of bollards just here: http://www.replas.com.au/products/bollards/