On Saturday morning of Keep New Zealand Beautiful Week, the Venturers, Scouts, Cubs and Keas of Belmont Scout Group turned out for community service along the Hutt River where it flows past the premises of Metal Art, NZ distributor of Replas products. From Waione St bridge to Seaview Marina the riverbank got a thorough cleanup. Items collected included four tyres, two washing baskets, extension leads, jandals (thongs), tennis balls, a couch, clothing and underwear. The crew even managed to retrieve a perfectly good Hutt City Council recycling bin.
The youngsters were supported in their hard work by scout leaders, parents, Rotary Club of Hutt Valley members and Replas NZ staff Following the morning’s efforts, Replas provided a barbeque and drinks to all the volunteers who assisted in the cleanup.
Along the road reserve on Wakelin Place in the cosy residential area of Redwood, New Zealand, Christchurch City Council had to replace a row of worn-out wooden bollards that were rotting, and they chose a Replas product. The new-look recycled plastic 100 mm bollards, 40 in all, will last many years longer than the old timber ones, and they look right at home in this quiet neighbourhood setting.
The 2011 earthquake impacted lightly on Redwood, but there was still some liquifaction, burst water mains, and damage to chimneys and fences. Today the suburb is really looking up, especially where these streetside bollards are planted.
In the beautiful coastal town of Terrigal, NSW you will find a place that’s perfectly named: The Haven. There, set alongside the Terrigal lagoon with spectacular views over the ocean, sits a rugby union field that’s home to the Terrigal Trojans.
This field is at the mercy of mother nature as well as the foot traffic of passionate rugby fans and tourists. So it has been surrounded by 125 mm recycled plastic bollards, fixtures that blend into the natural beauty of the place while being durable enough to withstand the harsh winds and weather. Sandstone blocks have been used in some areas to enhance the area both functionally and decoratively, working well with the Replas bollards. In fact the two contrasting products complement each other perfectly.
Outside the Waipukurau Library in Central Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, recycled plastic 100 mm bollards have been installed to protect a row of meter boxes. With the library open late some evenings, the bollards needed to be clearly visible to drivers of parking vehicles day and night. That was achieved by placing a pair of red reflectors on each bollard, making them clearly visible from all angles.
The basic but durable 100 mm Replas bollard is an economic alternative to timber and steel. As demonstrated here, it is easily fitted with accessories to suit the location and purpose.
In the Wellington, New Zealand seaside suburb of Seatoun, the council has fitted a recycled plastic Kimberley seat at a local suburban bus stop. Looking a little lonely out on the footpath, the new in-ground fixed seat nevertheless is a welcome sight to commuters, schoolchildren and shoppers when they need to wait for the bus to town.
This is the first piece of Replas furniture to go into this part of the city. Judging by the feedback from bus passengers it won’t be the last, as Seatoun catches on and rides the recycled plastic wave.
The geothermal environment of New Zealand’s Volcanic Plateau is destructive to building materials. So when recycled plastic was suggested as an alternative to timber and steel bollards, local authorities were understandably wary. A two-year trial was called for, and Replas products passed the test in every way. Now the first significant recycled plastic installation in the region is complete, with 200 125 x 120 mm black bollards placed in and around the Kawerau Skate Park.
In contrast to timber bollards that need to be replaced far too regularly for ratepayer pockets, Replas bollards can be expected to take the heat and the sulphurous ground and air conditions for many years to come.