ZWOLLE, NETHERLANDS (Sept. 19, 2:30 p.m. ET) — Pipe extruder Wavin NV has invested $4.71 million in equipment to produce piping using 50 percent recycled plastics.
The Zwolle-based company says the multilayer pipe is as good as its virgin grade, and costs the same.
Wavin's Recycore Technology manufactures the pipes in a three layer extrusion process allowing it to produce the pipe with three PVC layers – the inner core is made from the recycled material.
Virgin grades are used on the outer and inner layers. The inside of the pipe needs to be smooth to avoid blockages and so using virgin grade on the interior ensures this.
Also, underground pipes have to be color coded and coloring recycled material is more difficult, which is why virgin polymer is used on the outside. However, Wavin is looking to eventually further increase the amount of recycled polymers is uses.
Wavin says the Recycore Technology pipe looks and performs exactly the same as its piping made from virgin polymers – apart from the dark middle layer of recycled material - and costs the same.
Wavin Managing Director Calum Forsyth said: “The offer is that simple. It allows customers to enhance their sustainability credentials at no extra cost. It will also future-proof them against further changes in regulations as concern for the environment rises up the political, business and consumer agenda.
“Feedback from the industry and key opinion formers has been positive thus far. We have presented Recycore Technology to a number of major housebuilders and their response has been very encouraging.”
Wavin supplies water management, plumbing and drainage systems to the construction industry and its 110-160mm soil and drainpipes will be the first products to be manufactured utilizing the RecycoreTechnology process. Eventually it will be available across Wavin's OSMA, Hepworth and Certus brands in a range of colors.
RecycoreTechnology products are tested to industry standards and, where applicable, will be third party approved, through schemes such as the BSI Kitemark.