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A vote for recycled plastic

Having stood for the seat in Hutt South for a seventh time, New Zealand MP Trevor Mallard is expected to hold the seat once the final votes are in. Despite 3900 special votes still needing to be counted before he can declare victory Trevor couldn't wipe the smile off his face when he took some time out for coffee the morning after the election.

The reason for his smile? Could it have been the winning combination of freshly ground coffee at Ripe Café and the vibrant table settings made from recycled plastic. The furniture, supplied by the team at Metal Art Ltd, is attractive, highly durable, and when it comes to maintenance will stand unopposed in this electorate for many years to come.

Changing community environmental attitudes

The City of Joondalup has taken one step further in their recycling effort.

Not only is the council a part of the Adopt-a-Spot litter program but they've also recently purchased some grey Premier Slimline Setting for their Iluka Foreshore Park.

The seating received rave reviews from residents and as a result, the park now has 4 recycled-plastic picnic settings which will withstand any harsh Western Australian weather it's privy too.


All bound for Albany

The Replas WA trailer recently visited the City of Albany. The Shire have recently installed a Post and Rail fence and also some bollards all made from recycled plastic. They are reportedly rapt with both installations and are planning on designing their very own Beachcomber Seat as well as installing picnic settings throughout the shire.


Fifteen years and counting

In the small Victorian community of Wood Wood, several generations of Replas products can be found along the banks of the magnificent Murray River. Included are a number of Replas original Hume picnic settings which are still in very good condition even after being in place for over 15 years. Due to the performance and longevity of the settings the council has more recently installed several Beachcomber Seats, also made from recycled-plastic, along the river bank.

Stepping-stone to a better environment

Stonington City Council, in Victoria, has funded a ground breaking project that will increase habitat connectivity, improve water quality and provide recreational and educational opportunities.

Through clever environmental design the 'Lower Yarra River Biodiversity Linkages Project’ uses materials obtained through sustainable or recyclable sources. An elevated Enduroplank™ boardwalk with a composite fibre sub-structure, which was designed and constructed by Replas, allows users to experience views of the wetlands and the river. The location is further enhanced by a selection of picnic settings and benches all made from 100% Australian recycled plastic.

Enduroplank™ is easy to install due to the consistency of the boards and due to them covering a fair bit of territory by being 195 mm wide.Ken Snow, Director, Snow Homes – Installer.

Using your Nut

The Nut at Stanley on the north-west coast of Tasmania is a popular destination for tourists. But visitors to the area were previously greeted with decrepit picnic settings.  The concrete supports were starting to split as the steel reinforcement bars rusted and expanded, and the timber had already been replaced. Circular Head Council realised they needed a solution that could survive this seafront location—recycled plastic emerged as the best long term solution.
The new picnic settings will be much more user friendly and are expected to last for more than forty years. Danny Dwyer, Infrastructure Project Management Officer at the council said that early trails were proving to be a success and that they would be seeking approval to continue with the project this year.


Clever move by NZ 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.

Green solution for Blue Pool

Bermagui, in NSW, has two excellent tide-filled swimming pools set among the rocks—one for adults and one for children, known collectively as 'The Blue Pool'. Apart from safety and fresh salt-water, The Blue Pool also offers spectacular views of the coast.

The original staircase was very steep with uneven treads and risers and subject to weed and algal growth which presented a slip hazard to users. To overcome this problem Bega Valley Shire Council decided to fix Enduroplank™ to the top of the concrete step treads, providing greater traction. David Buckley from the council says, ‘the plastic material has proved both less prone to weed growth and much easier to remove any growth that does occur’.

There was only one small picnic table setting servicing the entire pool—an early Replas setting— which David said ‘had withstood the environment extremely well’. This was replaced with four matching Kookaburra picnic tables and bench seats.

Also replaced were the old timber slab bench seats which were narrow, deteriorating and required regular maintenance. Recycled-plastic Kookaburra bench seats now complete the picture.

'The Blue Pool at Bega, NSW, is situated on the ocean foreshore and is subject to extremes of coastal weather and coastal action. We were therefore looking for a material that would withstand these conditions in the long term and require minimal maintenance. We also wanted a product that was functional and stylish. The Replas suite of products met all these requirements.’

David Buckley Federal Infrastructure Projects Project Coordinator, BVSC.

Sitting down for the environment

The school was looking at being environmentally friendly and we liked what we sawMark McKenzie, Principal at LeFevre Peninsula Primary School, SA.

LeFevre Peninsula Primary School, SA, has installed a variety of recycled-plastic seating from Replas. Lucky students now have this beautiful outdoor area to enjoy, knowing they are contributing to a healthier environment.

Dryen Australia makes workplace more eco-friendly

‘We are pleased with the final product and also the service provided and would recommend Replas for any other company thinking of doing an outdoor area.’ Sue Mckay, Product Development, Dryen Australia. Dryen Australia Pty Ltd, a Victorian textile company, chose to install three Premier settings and three Kimberley ergonomic seats in an outdoor area for staff. They wanted to make their workplace more Eco friendly, but also loved the fact that the seats are strong, long lasting and require no maintenance. Visit www.replas.com.au for more information.