As one of Australia’s leading environmental and engineering solutions firms, OTEK, is always looking to ‘do the right thing’ in relation to the environment, and provide a safe and healthy work place for all employees, contractors and visitors. As part of this approach, it has a program to replace its hard hats every three years.
This program led to a shed full of old hard hats collecting dust and hoping to see the light of day again. Given OTEK’s engineering focus, it was not keen to have the hats recycled for ornamental uses, or simply disposed of, but rather used but for practical purposes.
The ability of Replas to turn the hats into products such as plastic bollards and street signage was a good fit. The concept has proved so popular within the company that many of its contractors have also got involved and donated their own hard hats too.
OTEK’s hard hat recycling program coordinator and environmental scientist, Catherine Rivard commented, ‘Replas’ innovative use of recycled plastics for industrial products is the perfect match for OTEK, as our business is always looking for new technology and ways to help make the environment a cleaner and healthier place.’