Using Recycled Content – Supply Chain Project

Polyethylene (PE) and Low-density Polyethylene (LDPE) Trial for the Construction Sector

The objective of this project was to demonstrate that it is possible to successfully incorporate recycled content – PE and LDPE film – into mortar tubs, which are equally as resilient and as robust as their virgin counterparts.

The project aims to overcome barriers to using recycled LDPE in construction products manufactured via rotational moulding, and address concerns around the long-term supply of suitable recycled material that can also be remanufactured into the required colours, and the robustness of products for a sector that requires hard-wearing goods with strict performance criteria.

A circular take-back model will subsequently be explored to facilitate the collection of waste mortar tubs as a means of securing recycled content feedstock.  This closed-loop approach could be replicated across the industry – and other sectors – in Wales and beyond.

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Trial partners include: Resilience Sustainable Solutions Ltd (lead partner); Cardiff University’s Business School and School of Engineering; Corilla Plastics Ltd; and Green Edge Applications Ltd.