Marshall-Tufflex drives move to increase plastic recycling in cable management

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Marshall-Tufflex is calling on the cable management industry to join it in its aim to reduce the amount of plastic going to landfill.

It is calling on specifiers and contractors to specify and install PVC-U trunking solutions with a minimum of 50% recycled plastic – and say no to single use plastics.

The British company wants to put plastics recycling at the heart of specification and purchasing decisions in an effort to divert the amount of waste plastic going to landfill and ease demand for oil-rich virgin PVC.

Paul Hetherington, Marshall-Tufflex CEO, said: “Our ultimate goal is for all PVC-U cable management specifications to state that systems should be manufactured from a minimum of 50% recycled plastic.

“We want to start the conversation throughout the supply chain, from architects to end-user clients, encouraging everyone to make more informed decisions when selecting, buying, installing and using PVC-U trunking systems.

“We take our impact on the environment seriously and want the rest of the sector to join us; we’d like to see the whole plastics cable management industry reduce reliance on single use plastics and recycle as much as possible.”

Due to investing in advanced technology, Marshall-Tufflex has been able to push the recycled content of all its manufactured PVC-U products to 80% (latest annual statistics for May 2017 to April 2018), with some products produced from 100% recycled material.

Mr Hetherington added: “It’s a little-known fact that Marshall-Tufflex has been using recycled plastics in the manufacturing process for more than 20 years, with some of our products made from 100% recycled material, which is great news for both customers and the planet.

“We hope our drive to encourage the market to use products with a high recycled PVC content will encourage other manufacturers to up their recycling and reuse efforts. At the moment we stop the equivalent in weight of 300 double decker buses of PVC-U going to landfill each year.

“If more cable management producers joined us we could double or treble that amount, which would make a terrific impact on the environmental performance of our sector and really contribute towards a circular economy.”

The company produces more than 16 million metres of PVC-U cable management annually at its manufacturing plant in Hastings, East Sussex.

It has worked closely with recycling partners to secure high grade recycled plastic sourced from the window fabrication industry (manufacturing off-cuts are re-chipped for recycling). Because it is window grade, the raw material is stronger and more robust than virgin extrusion grade PVC-U cable management material.

Mr Hetherington continued: “We have worked closely with our recycling partners over the past few years to produce a sustainable, recycled material ideal for manufacturing cable management products.

“Our focus has been on quality and testing to maximise the recycled content which also improves the quality of our products. It’s a programme that has worked extremely well and we are very proud to now be using such high levels of recycled material.”


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