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Specialist training services company Wood Group M&O delivers courses in safety, medical and fire fighting. The company is based at the heart of the New Zealand oil and gas industry in New Plymouth, and their marine training centre is a busy place.



To provide student seating within the area of active training, the company decided that Replas recycled-plastic Lyrebird benches would best serve their needs.

Marine Training Centre Team Leader Liz Smith said the benches were a terrific fit for the area. “These benches are great for the damp environment in our marine training centre. They are sturdy enough to accommodate several students at a time, and are easily moved around when needed,” she said.

Made of recycled-plastic diverted from the landfill, Wood Group M&O’s have installed new seats which will benefit the centre for decades. Not only that, they’re maintenance-free, saving money and time for all involved.

  

With spring grass growth upon them, local authorities are flat out mowing their parks and reserves. In Lower Hutt, a city in the Wellington Region of the North Island of New Zealand, the council is safeguarding its young trees by having its contractors use Replas recycled-plastic tree guards. These tree guards are easily installed using the special turf cutter as seen employed below.



For this Hutt Valley crew, it is but a ten minute job to place this simple but effective tree protection that will remain in place for as long as deemed necessary. Once the tree outgrows the need for protection, it's simply a matter of unbolting the stainless steel bracket for reuse of the long-lasting rings time and again.  

  

Two schools in Southland, New Zealand recently installed Replas Wakefield benches with recycled-plastic slats to refurbish their outdoor seating. Now the pupils at Gore's Longford Intermediate School and Invercargill’s Waverley Primary School now have comfortable and attractive new seats to sit on while eating or playing with friends.

Having recycled-plastic in the school teaches the students a valuable lesson in real-life resource sustainability. Recycled-plastic is made from the general waste that students families put in their recycling bins every day. A piece of practical outdoor furniture is a terrific way to encourage families to continue to recycle. Using recycled-plastic can benefit an entire community for years to come.

In managing the architectural design of both projects Invercargill School Support Ltd specified Replas recycled-plastic for our quality metal frames, after considering the best options for refurbishment. While the plastic product’s low-maintenance and longevity were key factors in the decision, the educational aspect is also a significant positive.

In all, the material used to make the recycled-plastic slats on the benches at Longford Intermediate and Waverley Primary have saved 5.76 cubic metres of waste from being dumped in the landfill - a resource reused rather than buried forever.  

  

At Whiritoa Beach just south of Whangamata in New Zealand, Hauraki District Council recently installed ten new beach access signs. They’re made from recycled-plastic, in a bright blue that paves a vibrant path to the beach, perfectly fitting for the coastal vibe of the area.

With routed lettering painted in a contrasting white and the council's logo on attached plaques, these Replas 125mm bollard signs proved the ideal solution for the council. Staff and residents can expect these signs to last for years and years to come.



Our recycled-plastic products promise to last with little to no maintenance. The material will not crack in the sun and sea air, remaining true to its original state.

It was no surprise when Council staff reported back that they post signs were exceptional and the installation was a breeze.

 

When developing the Spellbound ‘Spirit Cave' site in Waitomo, New Zealand, tour operators Pete and Libby Chandler searched for a boardwalk product that would stand up to the cave’s constant wet conditions.

They settled on Replas Enduroplank™ decking, as Pete was influenced by its functionality and cost effectiveness as well as the environmentally-friendly message that recycled products convey.

'It was obvious that the Replas product would give us decades of service with virtually no maintenance', says Pete. 'It was simple to install and we were even able to cut some sections lengthwise to create curved pathways so that the boardwalk follows the natural contours of the cave. We are extremely satisfied with the product in every respect.  And so are our customers; the boardwalk is not slippery and is very safe and comfortable to walk on.'

Replas profiles were used to highlight the edge and form a kick rail in the cave path construction, on both the Enduroplank™ and concrete sections.  Spellbound Tours are now planning further development with Replas profiles to be used as stringers in the boardwalk construction, whilst more Enduroplank™ has been ordered to add to the 80 metres of boardwalk already in use.

 

When an existing timber beach access ramp adjacent to the Otaki Surf Lifesaving Club in New Zealand had deteriorated to the point where it was a safety hazard,  Kapiti Coast District Council needed to consider their options. KCDC Planner Stu Kilmister said, ‘We have been looking for 

some time at using recycled-plastic products in our parks and elsewhere and the Otaki Beach project presented a suitable opportunity to trial the new material’s benefits.‘We could have simply replaced like with like,’ said Mr Kilmister, ‘but it is a very hard site for treated timber.’ An Enduroplank™ recycled-plastic deck from Replas proved to be the ideal solution in this harsh marine environment.

The use of recycled plastic fits well with the council’s stance on sustainability, however Mr Kilmister said, ‘any new material or process must prove its economic benefit’. Metal Art—the New Zealand distributor for Replas— worked closely with the council to ensure the project brief was met within budget.

"We will be watching the performance of the product closely over the next 12-24 months and will be looking for other opportunities to roll this product out on other beach access ways in future". Stu Kilmister, Planner, Kapti Coast District Council.

    

     

 

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.

New Zealand’s Hutt City Council has replaced some of the seating in Govind Bhula Park, with Replas’ Kimberley seats. These sturdy seats are available in two lengths and three slat colours, including a blue that matches the existing seating and bollard colour scheme used on the Hutt River Trail.

The council’s Horticultural Manager, Judy Robb, is delighted that in going forward, there will be no need to replace rotting slats or repaint the seats to keep up the appearance of the amenity.

‘The council has a commitment to sustainability, and we’re walking the talk by making this purchase,’ commented Judy. ‘The seats look just great!’