Scrap theft is serious problem, and I've written about plastics companies that have been victims. But here's a twist -- an application for plastics that can benefit from the trend. The Western Daily Press in Somerset, England, writes today about a community's plan to buy plastic manhole covers, after a rash of thefts in the past year. According to the report, 19 wrought iron manhole and drain covers were stolen in a single 48-hour stretch in March. The plastic covers cost about 400 pounds sterling each ($630) and last for around 15 years, according to the story. The metal covers cost around 110 pounds sterling ($172) and last about five years. Interesting that the newspaper blames the thefts on "unscrupulous [scrap] dealers in the Far East." They may be the customers, but they're not the ones doing the heavy lifting in Somerset.
Plastic manhole covers thwart would-be scrap thieves
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