Single-use plastics from household waste are considered one of the biggest pollutants in the world today, with the largest proportion of greenhouse gas emissions in the plastics industry attributed to the supply of plastics. raw materials for these single-use items.
By recycling and reusing single-use plastic such as polypropylene (PP), it is possible to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of products while reusing waste that would otherwise be sent to landfill.
Single-use PP plastics such as ice cream tubs, yoghurt pots and take-out containers are collected from local bins. The recyclables are then sorted and baled, ready to be sent to the next processing facility. The plastic is cleaned, crushed and introduced into extrusion machines which transform it into pellets (the recolouring is completed during this phase). These pellets are then sent to Allproof where they are used to manufacture a wide range of drainage and passive fire protection products.
Allproof’s domestic channel (DC), commercial channel (CC), round and square pits, and cast firestop collars are all made from 100% recycled plastic. Once installed, these products have a long lifespan that often lasts as long as the building itself. Thanks to this range of products made from recycled plastic, Allproof saves more than 12 tonnes of plastic from landfill each month, the equivalent of more than 152,000 two-litre ice cream punnets per month.
Additionally, Allproof uses solar energy to power its fleet of injection molding machines. The 449 solar panels installed on the roof of Allproof’s main production site provide 50% of their energy needs. Allproof generates an average of 750 kWh per day (over 1,000 kWh per day during the summer months), which is enough to power around 59 average homes in Victoria. This clean energy saves an additional 50 tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere each year, further reducing the carbon footprint of Allproof’s recycled plastic drainage and passive fire products.
Watch how Allproof transforms plastic waste into high quality drainage products.