Recycled plastic turns the tide on deck maintenance*

Article image - Recycled plastic turns the tide on deck maintenance*

The waterfront boardwalk at Seaport in Launceston Tasmania was originally built in 2002 from Tasmanian Ironbark.

However, even with regular maintenance, the Ironbark could not stand up to the tough climatic conditions of the area.

According to the City of Launceston Council the boardwalk required more maintenance than any other pedestrian surface in the entire municipality.

After little more than 10 years, the boards had reached the end of their practical life and the council decided it needed to find a more durable material that could handle the harsh environment.

Following a very thorough and lengthy selection process,

Enduroplank™ decking from Replas was chosen.

Raj Pakiarajah from Launceston City Council said, “One of our main aims is to find out what is the suitable material for this boardwalk”.
“We finally found out that recycled plastic is the product we wanted and the community supported the project.”

Replas preferred contractor Decking Out Melbourne, worked with local contractor Darcon Building Excellence to complete the project, and in only six months the refurbishment was complete.

According to Graham French from Decking Out Melbourne, one of the unique features of the project was that, “all the offcuts were sent back to Replas to be melted back down and turned into wonderful looking seats to line the boardwalk”.

The six metre wide deck stretches for almost 350 metres and provides a safer more durable surface for pedestrians.

Recycled-plastic decking is perfect in a harsh environment such as this.

As it is resistant to moisture and microorganisms, it will cope with rain, snow, heat and salt water with ease.

Almost 70 tons of recycled plastic was used to create the decking material, saving the equivalent of more than 17 million plastic bags from landfill.

The deteriorated timber decking has been transformed into an attractive and long-lasting boardwalk that business owners and residents will enjoy for many years to come.

Once a high maintenance liability, the waterfront deck is now a stunning asset to the Launceston City Council and the many visitors to the busy and vibrant Seaport area.

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