New Benchmark: Recycling Technology Unveiled at ACRA Event
The proof is in the sitting. A new recycling technology, in the form of a park
bench, was unveiled at the Australasian Cartridge Remanufacturers Association
(ACRA) Expo 2004. It should silence critics who claim remanufacturers eventually
pollute the environment.
Corporate Recycling/Repeat Products, a combined effort of Australian and New Zealand
inventors and entrepreneurs, recasts unusable cartridges, along with discarded
plastic bottles and curbside plastic waste, into beams and planks for park benches,
tables, signage, garden edging, outdoor trash bins and even pool tables. The recycled
park benches at the ACRA event were on display throughout the trade show floor.
The Corporate Recycling/Repeat Products program granulates and molds plastic bottles
and cartridges that cannot be refilled into quality recycled plastic products.
The benefits of recycled plastic are that the material is low maintenance and
long lasting. Unlike wood, recycled plastic products will not split, rot or splinter.
Other key benefits are that graffiti wipes off, and the product doesn’t need
to be painted due to the color being built in.
The recycled park bench made its U.S. debut at the 2004 World Expo. Stewart Norton,
a member of Corporate Recycling/Repeat Products, also participated in the Pacific
Rim Panel discussion at World Expo and answered questions about the group’s
Resource Recovery Program.
For more information visit www.corporaterecycling.com.au.
This article originally appeared in the October 2004 issue of Recharger.