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Up to what gradient can I use Hebden grids on? 2015-01-19T14:18:21+00:00

Hebden grids can be used on gradients up to 1 in 10 if being driven over, although they will need pegging down at over 1 in 20.

Are there any special discounts for schools? 2011-08-05T09:33:56+00:00

Any school that is ordering large quantities of anything always has the option of trying to negotiate a further discount!

Can you come and talk to my school about recycling? 2011-08-05T09:33:16+00:00

We recognise the importance of early education about the importance of recycling if we, as a society, are to change the way we look at rubbish and stop treating it as though it is someone else’s problem.

However, we are unable at this time to give talks to schools on recycling, although most local councils usually have a recycling officer who will be happy to arrange something.

Can my school visit your factory? 2011-08-05T09:32:26+00:00

British Recycled Plastic uses three different factories in the UK, each a specialist in producing one or more of our products. Currently none are open to school visits.

As with all industrial locations, there are health and safety implications for groups of children where heavy machinery is operating and each factory has varying capacity to accept visits.

Do I need to pin the Hebden grids down? 2011-08-05T09:31:03+00:00

If the Hebden grids are laid on a slope of more than 1 in 20 it is advisable to pin the top edge at a rate of one stake per tile. If the slope is quite pronounced, you may wish to pin the sides too.

Can I lay turf on top of the Hebden ecopaving? 2011-08-05T09:30:18+00:00

Unfortunately this is a common misconception, (although the hungry sales teams of some of our competitors try and lead their customers down this blind alley.)

Whilst it may be technically possible to use the Hebden grids like a “cake cutter” to slice through turf, it would require huge pressure, the like of which could only be applied by a heavy duty ground roller similar to those used by road laying teams.

We have tried to push it through, hit it with a mallet, and even drive over it, but the intermingling of the root network on any well grown slab of turf makes this all but impossible.

Another issue with adding turf in this way is the potential for voids, or pockets of air, between the bottom of the turf and the substrate below, ultimately killing the grass.

It’s best not do it.

Can the Hebden porous pavers be laid by unskilled people? 2011-08-05T09:29:41+00:00

Once the base or substrate has been laid, any adult (or teenager for that matter) can lay the Hebden grids at a rate of around 100m2 per hour.

There isn’t any great need for skill.

What types of vehicle can drive on the Hebden grids? 2016-12-28T17:46:19+00:00

With a maximum capacity of over 320 tons per square metre, almost any road vehicle can drive over the Hebden ecopaving grids.

Notwithstanding, an appropriate substrate should be put down beneath the pavers, suitable to carry the weight of the type of vehicle that will be using it.

This should be the same depth as it would if tarmac or block paving was the final layer.

Does water damage your products? 2016-12-28T17:46:19+00:00

Not at all.

They are all able to resist water indefinitely.

They are also salt resistant so they will survive in coastal environments without any notable degradation, regardless of the severity of the weather.

How do I maintain your products? 2011-08-05T09:22:54+00:00

There’s not much to it really…

Give them a wipe if they get very dirty.

That’s about it.

There’s no need for chemical preservatives, treatment, painting or anything else.

Can your furniture be vandalised? 2011-08-05T09:20:07+00:00

All of the LCP products are extremely difficult to vandalise.

There are several reasons for this:

  • the plastic used in the furniture is chemically inert, making it virtually impossible for grafitti from paint or magic markers to adhere to. If a vandal sprays paint on a bench, for example, it can be wiped clean afterwards.
  • the recycled plastic furniture is also very heavy, making moving it a very unattractive proposition to the casual vandal.
  • our recycled mixed plastic does not chip, split or splinter and it is impossible to cut with a knife.

Is your furniture flammable? 2011-08-05T09:19:26+00:00

The recycled mixed plastic is extremely flame resistant, taking ten times longer to burn than wood.

What goes into the plastic furniture and lumber? 2016-12-28T17:46:19+00:00

A wide variety of plastic products from computer cases and car bumpers to vegetable crates and bottle tops are all mixed together to give our plastic lumber its incredible strength.

For the scientifically minded, the actual types of plastic most commonly used in the mix are High Density Polyethylene , Low Density Polyethylene, Polypropylene, Acrylibutalstyrene, Polystyrene and Polythene.

These materials form 99% of the content. They are mixed with 1% masterbatch, for colour control, which is also made from entirely recycled material.

This means that the lumber profiles, Hebden 402 and furniture are all made from 100% recycled British waste.

Isn’t plastic bad for the environment? 2011-08-05T09:18:11+00:00

The way it is normally used, yes, plastic is bad for the environment.

Unless its recycled, plastic is unsightly, can be fatally ingested by wildlife, can last in landfill for, potentially, centuries, and in the case of some kinds of PVC in particular, can leach harmful chemicals into the ecosystem.

This is why it is vital that all of us look for ways to keep recycling the existing plastic that is already in circulation rather than just casually throwing it away and pretending that it’s someone else’s problem.

Here at Low Carbon Products, we take advantage of this “pervasiveness in the environment” to provide a range of ultra-tough, maintenance-free products that keep society’s plastic out of landfill and put to good use.

Why are many of the products only available in black or brown? 2011-08-05T09:17:20+00:00

All of our products use 100% recycled mixed plastics.

Because of the random array of colours in a mixed waste stream like this, all of the component colours blend into a very dark shade, similar to way paints mixed together on a palate do.

By carefully selecting the waste materials that go into each batch, we have managed to achieve consistant blacks and browns but vibrant reds, yellows, greens and blues are more costly as they require specific and more limited “feedstocks” sourced from harder to come by plastics.

Can I work for you? 2011-08-05T09:09:35+00:00

Sorry. We currently have no vacancies.

Are your products recyclable? 2011-08-05T09:08:42+00:00

We are pleased to say that all of our products are completely recyclable.

Even the fixings and plaques are made of stainless steel and so can be recycled too.

Can you sell our products? 2016-12-28T17:46:19+00:00

If you manufacture a landscaping or construction product from British waste in the UK, we would be delighted to consider adding it to our roster.

Please bear in mind that our client base consists mainly of local authorities, government departments, schools, large businesses and the construction sector so ask yourself if it’s something they would want first.

If you think your product fits our criteria then please get in touch, in the first instance by emailing information to [email protected]

Can you design a product for me? 2011-08-05T09:07:03+00:00

We do not design products for other people unfortunately.

However, there are many good specialist freelance designers in most areas that can be found on Google.

How long does it take to deliver your products? 2011-08-05T09:06:22+00:00

Our standard lead time from order to delivery is 20 working days.

However, benches, seats, Hebden 402 ecopavers and lumber can often be turned around in less time at quiet periods in the year.

We always confirm the delivery date when we receive the order.

Can I pay by credit card? 2011-08-05T09:05:45+00:00

Certainly!

Are there any discounts available? 2016-12-28T17:46:19+00:00

All of our products are as keenly priced as possible to help stimulate demand and educate the market about the benefits, both environmental and economic, of using recycled materials.

This makes it difficult to reduce our prices beyond those published on this website. However, where large quantities are involved, we are happy to discuss the possibilities.

The only exception to this is for schools that are members of the Eco Schools programme who are entitled to automatic discount of 10% on all our products.

Can you test our materials or products? 2011-08-05T09:03:45+00:00

We do not offer a testing service, however, you may like to try Artis.

Artis is an advanced laboratory supporting the innovation, development and testing needs of the European Polymer Industry.

Their team of skilled engineers and scientists can offer advice and have a comprehensive range of equipment to cover the physical, mechanical, and chemical evaluation of many materials, in particular they are experts in elastomer compounds.

Have a look at their website here.

Can you take our plastic waste? 2011-08-05T09:03:08+00:00

As the demand for British Recycled Products increases, so the need for a consistent supply of recyclable waste also grows. However, unlike other many other recyclers we are able to take mixed plastic waste and can recycle almost all types of plastic, although we currently are unable to accept PVC.

Due to the high volume of material we require we tend to use commercial and industrial waste and would be delighted to discuss the waste potential with any operation producing large volumes of plastic waste. We can almost certainly can find solutions that avoid landfill, save money and reduce environmental impact.

Of particular interest would be creating a closed recycling loop with businesses, public sector organisations or social enterprises where recycled materials are subsequently returned to their source as usable products or lumber.

Please contact us for more information.