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The team at Hackham South Primary School in Adelaide, SA, is committed to playing a part in building an environmentally-sustainable future and has installed plenty of Replas recycled-plastic products over the past few years, including furniture, signage, retaining panels, fitness trails and a bridge. The school has been a big advocate for the use of recycled-plastic alternatives to traditional materials and recently circulated a brochure to the local community promoting the fact that due to its environmentally friendly product choices, it has helped to divert nearly 8500 kilos of waste from landfill.

 

Boroondara Council has been using Replas products for several years as they are happy with the product in terms of quality and longevity.

When it came to replacing some timber signs that were in dire need of a refresh Chris Hui, Sustainable Transport Officer at the City of Boroondara, says they chose recycled plastic because, ‘Replas products require less maintenance and have a longer life span than the old fashion wooden signs’.

'Replas provide us with quality products and an excellent level of service. They are always open to new ideas and work with us to meet our requirements'. Chris Hui, Sustainable Transport Officer, the City of Boroondara.

 

Buloke Shire Council, in North-West Victoria, recently purchased some recycled-plastic benches and seats to replace old, weathered seating in Apex Park at Sea Lake.

The council chose Replas products because they wanted to support a locally made product and they believe recycled plastic offers a good alternative to the traditional wooden and steel structures currently on the market.

Ken King, from Buloke Shire Council, says, ‘The seats were easy to assemble and handle,’ adding, ‘We need to think positively about recycling and our environment, even in rural areas such as ours, recycling plastic into park seating and furniture is a positive move’.

It seems our seats are popular throughout Tasmania. Katie Beer, Manager, Devonport community House Assoc. Inc. said, ‘We find the seats very practical and they still look as good as when we purchased them a couple of years ago.  We have had no damage to them at all, which is great news in an area that can attract vandalism.  The garden is often used by elderly locals taking a short cut home and the seats are well used as a resting point for weary legs and arms carrying heavy shopping bags!  Of course children attending the Community Garden also love to put their feet up!’

 

The Community and Early Childhood Development Hub at Bentons Square, Mornington, Victoria, is a busy spot with a Community Centre, Kinder, Connections Uniting Care and Maternal & Child Health Centre. However, there was just one problem— no one could find them!

Kim Sadler, Centre Coordinator, Bentons Square Community Centre, says, ‘We were forever having people go to the shopping centre to locate us, or going into the Kinder looking for the Centre and vice versa’.

The Centre is a community organization which seeks to maintain a sustainable environment and takes every opportunity to use recycled products. They were glad to be able to choose recycled-plastic signage from Replas.

Now there is no longer any confusion about where services are located. Kim says, ‘The signage we have just had installed is clear and concise, looks fabulous, will last forever and sets off our building beautifully. Thank you for being kind to the environment and us Replas!!!’

 

Replas is a regular participant in AGFEST in Tasmania and each year offers a prize of a recycled-plastic seat with the winner choosing a school or organization to be the lucky recipient.

Peter Smith was the winner of the 2011 prize and chose to donate the seat to the centre where his wife Susan is a childcare worker. The seat was formally presented to the centre by Cr Robby Walsh, Mayor of Waratah-Wynyard.

Centre manager Wendy Richards said it was comforting to know the seat would continue to be used for generations to come. ‘We are thrilled to bits Peter and Susan thought to give it to us and we want to say a massive thank you to them, Replas and the Red Group for the seat,’ Wendy Richards, Manager, Wynyard Childcare Centre.

 

Craigieburn Primary School in Victoria has recently purchased some beautiful seats for their ‘Values Garden.’ The six new seats are brightly coloured, and student-friendly due to the rounded edges.

Each seat displays one of the school’s six values, serving a constant reminder of the values of Craigieburn Primary, and are now enjoyed each recess and lunchtime by pupils and teachers alike.

 

New Zealand Replas distributor Metal Art has worked with Hutt City Council on many projects over the past few years with great success. When new picnic settings were needed at Avalon Park and the Alicetown Community Centre reserve, Metal Art worked in conjunction with the council to come up with a solution. The addition of chess boards to the new recycled-plastic settings was a clever strategy to ensure these parks attract even more visitors in the future. 

‘The new tables are a great way to encourage families to spend more time at the park. Avalon is what we describe as a ‘destination park. This means it attracts people from across the Wellington region. We want amenities that will give them lots to do when they get here … the Replas table settings are ideal.’ - Judy Robb, Horticultural Manager, Hutt City Council.

 

When a parent at St Michael’s in Bassendean, WA, entered the recent Coles competition and won a Replas seat for their school, little did they know it would cause such a reaction at the school.

The new seat looked so good compared to the rickety old wooden benches surrounding it that the school decided to update the seating outside all of the classrooms.

I looked at the tag on the seat we had won and contacted Replas who were very helpful and accommodating. The 6 new benches I ordered arrived within a few days. They immediately improved the look around the school and created a buzz of excitement amongst the kids and parents as everyone likes to know what happens to their recycling after it is put into the bins. I think it is important that we show everyone the value of recycling and how valuable things can be made from recycled products'. Laurie Bechelli, Principal of St Michael’s, Bassendean, WA.

 

 

The EastLink Trail is a three metre wide concrete path for cyclists and pedestrians that runs the length of Melbourne’s new EastLink tollway. The 35 kilometers of pathways connect with many other trails, parks and reserves.

ConnectEast, the owner and operator of EastLink, selected Replas Plank signs for the trail, due to its affordability and low-maintenance. These signs will provide directional assistance to visitors, and will look just as new in ten years time as they do today.