Since 1991, Australian Recycling Technologies (ART) and Repeat Plastics have shared a passion for the environment. Dismayed by the amount of household plastic waste going needlessly to landfill, both companies were developing the technology to take this waste material and recycle it. Repeat Plastics specialised in the collection of post-industrial waste while ART concentrated on material collected from the kerbside, receiving The Banksia Award in 1992 —the most prestigious award for environmental excellence in Australia. It was a natural progression for these two companies to join forces. Their shared vision resulted in the formation of Replas Australia which combined the unique expertise, products and manufacturing capabilities of both companies to make what we know as Replas today!
For more than 28 years the plastic recycling company has produced a range of over 200 products and has grown to become Australia’s leading plastic product manufacturers. Replas has since developed world leading technologies at our plastic recycling centre to reprocess Australia’s waste into robust recycled plastic products for outdoor use. These products offer an ethical alternative to the unnecessary use of virgin materials and provide long-lasting advantages to customers.
As Replas moves forward as the leading manufacturer of recycled plastic products, we are pleased to have the support of our corporate experts. Our Board works closely with these trusted professionals, and draws strength from their knowledge and wisdom. With a combined 100 years’ experience of working with Replas, we are proud to present the team we turn to for advice, and who stand with us as we strive to make a difference by turning problem plastic into useful products.
Replas’ unique ability to mix different plastic polymers together to create complex three dimensional shapes has resulted in a range of over 200 colourful products. Recycled plastic products are low maintenance, long-lasting and offer an ethical alternative to the use of traditional materials. Replas uses plastic waste collected in Australia to make a range of outdoor products.
If there is no demand for these products, the plastic waste may end up in landfill instead. When government, schools, and industry purchase these products they are all helping to make the process work by closing the loop on recycling. This is called the Circular Economy, it ensures that the recycled plastic is being bought back into viable, useful products that will better the environment. With plastic use on the rise, we need to create a sustainable community that reduces, re-uses and recycles plastics. At Replas, we see waste as a valuable resource, and are part of making this world more sustainable.
Replas is at the forefront of technology and now boasts a range of state-of-the-art machinery tended by the latest available robotic technology ensuring they operate with a high degree of energy efficiency. Our technology allows us to mix different plastic polymers together and create complex three dimensional shapes. This process is unique to Replas and allows for greater possibility with design. Replas can confirm that in all recycled plastic products manufactured by RPA we are using 98% recycled plastic material, with the remainder being the Master Batch, Light Fastener, and UV stabiliser package.
The 98% recycled material content, by mass, is in line with AS/NZS ISO 14021 – Environmental labels and declarations – Self-declared environmental claims (Type II environmental labelling). There are a variety of mixed recyclables in Replas products. Post consumer material comes from the soft plastic collected at Coles and Woolworths through the REDcycle program, as well as a variety of hard plastics. Post commercial materials comes from hospital waste, post industrial mixed plastics are factory scraps, and mixed hygiene products comes from multiple polymer types and paper.
The investment in research and development has enabled the company to be extremely competitive in the market place. As a result of the growth in product range and manufacturing capacity the company formed a network of distributors throughout Australia. In 2010, Replas opened a new distribution centre-The Replas Resource Centre (RRC). The establishment of the RRC has enabled the company to ensure consistent quality of service and product.
Along with the RRC, the Sales Office is home to the Replas Environmental Centre (REC). The Replas Environmental Centre (REC) is one of the largest plastic recycling centres in the southern hemisphere. A visit to the REC offers an innovative and interactive learning experience. The centre welcomes school, businesses and community groups. The Replas Environmental Centre offers visitors an opportunity to discover some of the answers to the problems faced by our planet. It is home to a range of companies that have developed alternative solutions to help build a more sustainable future. The Replas Environmental Centre is one of the largest environmental centres in Australia and aims to provides an inspirational and educational experience.
Replas is committed to reducing the amount of plastic currently going to landfill. We support the community’s household recycling efforts by taking plastic waste from kerbside collections and utilising it to create products which can then be enjoyed by the community within their schools, parks and towns. We are also proud to partner with many Australian companies, such as Woolworths and Coles, who have taken responsibility for the plastic waste they create. The soft plastic material collected through the program can be recycled by Replas and turned into products. Replas assists them in reducing their environmental impact by ensuring their plastic waste is recycled and reused within Australia.
Replas uses plastic waste collected in Australia to make a range of outdoor products. If there is no demand for these products, the plastic waste may end up in landfill instead. When government, schools, and industry purchase these products they are all helping to make the process work by closing the loop on recycling. This is called the Circular Economy, it ensures that the recycled plastic is being bought back into viable, useful products that will better the environment.
Replas is proud that all waste materials are collected within Australia. For recycling to work it is essential that the people who produce plastic waste take responsibility for the life cycle of the material. This is why we choose to partner with companies that understand and embrace the Pull Through Effect. When you choose a recycled-plastic product you contribute to the continuing work of our Research & Development centre. Which then is dedicated to ensuring manufacturing methods are as sustainable and efficient as possible.
With plastic use on the rise, we need to create a sustainable community that reduces, re-uses and recycles plastics. At Replas, we see waste as a valuable resource, and are part of making this world more sustainable. What is the environmental cost in not being involved in the circular economy? By re-thinking your selection and procurement to recycled plastic products, you become the true recycler. Everyone touches plastic and we must be more accountable and responsible if we are to drive demand for recycled plastic products.