Frequently Asked Questions about Recycled Plastic Products
What is Recycled Plastic Wood?
Recycled Plastic Wood is a more recent development in the recycling world, and is composed almost entirely of recycled polystyrene products such as CD cases and plastic coat hangers being disposed of by UK businesses.
There are some other non-toxic additives to create colour and expand the product, and create high resistance to UV rays that could otherwise cause fading.
The recipe and temperatures vary depending on the final product required, and everything is mixed together before heating to a molten state.
The mixture is then extruded through a metal dye to create the desired profile or shape, and the surface finish.
Plastic Wood has a similar weight and density to some South American hard woods, Kedel's Synthetic Wood can be manufactured in any colour and can mimic any type of wood.
This versatility lends itself to a wide variety of applications including cladding, outdoor benches and picnic tables, tongue and groove profiles for gates and bin cupboards, and brightly coloured children's outdoor 'play and learn' or role play furniture.
Recycled Plastic Wood or Synthetic Wood is so similar in look and feel to real wood, that occasionally, customers who have never seen this product before, complain that we have sent them wood rather than a recycled plastic product.
It can be worked with normal woodworking tools, though there are some differences to be aware of, which our page on working with recycled plastic wood can advise you on.
How do I work with Recycled Plastic Wood? click here
What is the Technical Specification of Recycled Plastic Wood? click here
What is Recycled Mixed Plastic Lumber?
Recycled Mixed Plastic Lumber is a mixture of different plastics (HDPE and LDPE) collected from homes and businesses all over the UK.
These waste plastics include plastic milk bottle cartons, plastic buckets and paint trays, and a whole host of common plastics everyone disposes of regularly in our society.
These waste plastics are chopped up and cleaned and like our plastic wood various additives are included in the mix to maintain colour stability and provide stiffness appropriate for particular applications in building and construction industries.
Unlike our plastic wood which is a continuous extrusion, this mixture is heated till it is a molten mass and extruded under pressure into moulds.
The finished product has a textured finish like rough hewn wood, but is heavier and denser than wood.
It is available in grey, black, brown and sometimes green, depending on the particular profile and its usual application.
The nature of this mixture of plastics means it is rarely seen in bright primary colours, and if it is, the material will contain much more virgin plastic, which is not of course environmentally friendly at all.
If we don't recycle these plastics they end up in landfill or are incinerated.
Though it can be used to produce energy, this is not as environmentally friendly as recycling plastic waste into useful products that can themselves be again recycled at a later date.
PVC and similar toxic plastics, which are difficult to recycle, are not included in this mix, and there is a strong ecological argument for phasing them out for this very reason.
Our mixed plastic lumber is heavier and denser than wood, and a great way to use waste plastic, as it will not rot like wood, is non-toxic, more flame resistant than wood, and lasts at least 5 times longer.
This results in all our recycled plastic products being much cheaper than wood when you consider the whole life costs.
WRAP, who are an independent body funded by all 4 UK governments, work to find ways in which homes and businesses can recycled more effectively.
They conducted a cost comparison study or a walkway constructed either in wood or recycled plastic with an obvious advantage shown for recycled plastic profiles over the lifetime of the walkway.
These advantages will apply in any situation where the final product will be either occasionally or constantly exposed to the elements.
Recycled Plastic Profiles come as Planks and Beams, Sleepers, Trusses, Tongue and Groove, Decking and Paving, Drainage and Ground Reinforcement Grids, a variety of landscaping and hard landscaping products, and specialist products for industrial applications.
Kedel's Recycled Plastic Lumber requires no maintenance, no painting, is vandal resistant and cannot be kicked through, and graffiti will wipe off with normal household cleaners.
It will not rot, be eaten by animals or insects, has a life at least 5 times longer than treated wood, and yet resembles wood in appearance.
Recycled plastic will pay for itself many times over when used as an alternative to wood, concrete and even steel.
Besides which, recycled plastic can be recycled again at the end of its life.
How do I work with Recycled Mixed Plastic Lumber? click here
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