Plaswood is the long established market leader in recycled plastic wood. It has been manufactured at our recycling plant in Dumfries, Scotland since 1995.
It is the only product on the market made from waste agricultural plastics, mainly used silage stretch wrap and crop cover. Silage stretch wrap in particular is an excellent feedstock for Plaswood, as it is an octane linear plastic, meaning a technically superior and strong material.
Used agricultural films are heavily contaminated with soil, animal waste, grass and other non-polythene materials.
In the UK the only other legal option, for farmers, to dispose of their agricultural waste is sending it to landfill. The recovered waste films are washed, cleaned, and (eventually) recycled into LLDPE/LDPE pellets. These pellets made from the recycling process are used to manufacture Plaswood.
For every tonne of recycled polythene there is a saving of 1.8 tonnes of crude oil, emissions of sulphur dioxide are reduced by 33%, nitrous oxide by 60%, and water usage reduces by 90%.
We have won a number of awards for our ‘closed loop’ initiatives and 100% recycled products such as Plaswood, Visqueen Building Films and The Green Sack refuse bags. We were recently awarded the Best Green Large Company category at the 2010 Scottish Green Awards ceremony.