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Morgan Sindall rescues waste being sent to landfill

Waste being sent to landfill is set to be reduced by Morgan Sindall by turning disused plastic hard hats into site hoardings.

The company has sent more than 4,000 old hats to a manufacturer to be moulded into the environmentally-friendly boards which will be used as site hoardings.

Morgan Sindall’s decision to re-use the old hats comes after the business re-branded earlier this year following a merger of its sister design and infrastructure businesses. 

The formation of the new business meant that the old branded hard hats with the former company logos on needed to be replaced. Rather than disposing of the old hats, the company joined forces with innovative plastic recycler 2K Manufacturing to turn the hats into EcoSheet boards.

“In the past, it has been standard practice in the construction industry to send hard hats to landfill when they need to be replaced,” explains Brian Handcock, Morgan Sindall head of sustainability and environment. “As a company, we make every effort to limit the amount of waste we send to landfill and try to reuse materials and old equipment wherever possible, so when our old branded hard hats had to be removed from service, we wanted to find a way of using them again.”

Morgan Sindall collected up hard hats from offices and construction sites all over the UK and transported them to 2K Manufacturing’s headquarters in Luton where they were moulded into EcoSheet boards.

“EcoSheet is an excellent piece of technology for the construction industry because it removes the need for using plywood boards on site which cannot be recycled,” says Brian. “We’ve been really impressed with the results and are already using EcoSheet boards on a number of our construction projects.”

“The groundbreaking technology we use to produce our award-winning EcoSheet boards is enabling us to bring a new lease of life to some of the four million hard hats that are produced each year in this country alone,” says Peter Ball, 2K Manufacturing’s head of sales. “We enjoy working closely with construction companies like Morgan Sindall to help reduce the amount of waste they commit to landfill by providing sustainable solutions which benefit them both commercially and environmentally.”