Recycled Plastic Raised Beds
Recycled plastic raised bed kits in a variety of sizes and heights all with a 25-year guarantee.
British Recycled Plastic offer a selection of tough, maintenance-free recycled plastic raised beds as handy kits all with a 25-year guarantee, there is no need to replace them every few years like wood.
As recycled plastic is chemically inert, it doesn’t degrade or rot in any way so there is no need for any harmful preservatives to be applied and, as a consequence, there is no leeching into the soil.
They are easily fixed together with steel bolts, not screws and so our recycled plastic raised beds are suitable for allotments, schools’ kitchen gardens or for private use.
Available in 3 heights, 2 different widths and a wide variety of lengths.
For bespoke sizes and projects, we can cut our recycled plastic lumber planks to your specific requirements. You’ll need to get your own fixings but we can certainly give you guidance. Just give us a call on 01422 419 555 or drop us an email to [email protected] and we’ll be delighted to help you get the perfect raised beds for your needs.
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How are the recycled plastic raised beds made?
They are made from a mix of High Density Polyethylene, Low Density Polyethylene, Polypropylene, Acrylibutalstyrene, Polystyrene and Polythene. These plastics are derived from a wide variety of plastic products from hay bale wrapping, computer cases and car bumpers to vegetable crates and bottle tops.
Can the recycled plastic lumber be worked like wood?
In many scenarios, recycled plastic lumber can be worked like hardwood, however it is worth noting that it should never be cut lengthwise. This is to do with differing tensions between the “skin” of the recycled plastic and the inside. Nor should deep notches over 50% of the width of the plank be cut into it. Cutting a notch into a lumber plank weakens it as would be the case with timber. Therefore if notched planks are integral to your design, we suggest this is only as part of a finished product which remains static, ie. not something which is regularly moved or dismantled.
Recycled plastic raised beds are a permanent, maintenance free option that come either fully assembled or in easy to construct kit form. No heavy lifting, no plant hire and no team of body builders required.
Why should I choose recycled plastic raised beds over wooden raised beds?
There are a number of materials to choose from once you’ve decided that raised beds are for you. Wood is readily available and easy to work with but even when treated it rots quickly and is by far the least long lasting option. Sleepers are more durable but heavy and difficult to cut. They may also have been treated with preservatives in the past which will leak into your soil making it toxic. Bricks need a building expert on hand to ensure a safe construction and can also leak toxic lime into your soil. Concrete blocks will leave you needing either machinery or a strong team of helpers to put into place.
Recycled plastic raised beds are a permanent, maintenance-free option that come in an easy-to-construct kit. No heavy lifting, no plant hire and no team of body-builders required.
Why do your kits come in two different widths?
500mm wide kits are perfect for those people who have only access to their raised beds from one side, for example if they are on the edge of a garden or against a wall, whereas 1 metre wide beds are ideal when access is possible from all around the raised bed.
Why do your kits and flat packs come in three different heights?
300mm is good general height for those people who are able to kneel while tending the bed; 600mm is the perfect height for wheelchair users and 750mm is a good height for those who would prefer to stand without bending too much.
Once it’s been delivered, how do I store my raised beds parts before I start assembling them?
Recycled plastic lumber should always be stored laid flat on delivery, until you start work on it. It’s best to just leave everything on the pallet.
I have replaced a number of wooden raised beds in the past, often after only a few years. How long will these last?
Raised beds made from recycled plastic will last for many decades, maybe even 100 years, but ours come with a 25-year guarantee.
I have one of your raised beds and the seedlings seem to sprout earlier than they did in my old wooden beds. Why is this?
The recycled plastic acts as a thermal store, retaining heat and allowing for earlier germination.
Will the beds leach any preservatives into the soil?
Not at all. They are chemically inert, neither absorbing nor releasing anything.
Do I need to buy a kit or can I make my own by just buying the lumber and fixing it together myself?
You can do either. If you have specific dimensions you wish to fill, you may prefer to buy full lengths and cut them to your exact requirements, saving a little money in the process. If you want something easy to assemble, pre-cut and with fixings supplied, a flat-packed kit is probably best for you.
Can I buy these from garden centres?
No, they are only available direct from us. Please email your enquiries to [email protected] or call us on our freephone number of 01422 419 555 and let us know what you’re interested in and where you are.
How are they shipped out?
Due to the very heavy weight of these and all of our other products, they are sent out strapped to pallets through the national road haulage network. Due to the kit form, even 3.5 metre long raised beds are stacked on individual pallets making them suitable for relatively small delivery vehicles that can in turn access narrow lanes.
Is the delivery included?
Delivery to most of mainland Britain is included, however there is a small additional charge for the Highlands, Islands and Northern Ireland, depending upon your postcode. Please contact us for specific prices in you are in one of these areas.
How long does delivery take?
All of our products are made to order so under normal circumstances please allow up to three weeks for delivery. On rare occasions at extremely busy times delivery may take a little longer, but we will let you know when you order if this looks likely.
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