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Glass Reinforced Plastic also commonly known as Fiberglass and Fiber Reinforced Plastic (FRP) is a composite material, which means it is made up of two or more essential materials with significantly different physical or chemical properties. Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) is exactly what it suggests; Plastic reinforced by fine fibers made of glass and resin.
GRP is flexible, strong, durable, light-weight and it can be used in many different industries. Organisations may use GRP for Architectural Structures, Construction Materials, Safety Apparatus and Boat Manufacturing, to name a few.
Manufacturers who use GRP will naturally produce waste throughout the production processes. Historically, 100% of this problematic waste stream would have gone as General Waste, straight to landfill. However, Agecko’s ‘in-house’ waste specialist has successfully diverted this from landfill and found an alternative greener solution.
Agecko UK Ltd have worked alongside Composites UK to educate and encourage companies working with GRP to improve environmentally and recycle this material. The most common outlet for this waste stream would be Waste to Energy. The GRP would be shredded, baled and transported to a ‘Waste to Energy Plant’ and burnt.
This process generates energy in the form of heat from the primary treatment of waste, or the processing of waste into fuel source. The only remaining waste after the burn is the actual glass fibres, this sits with the Incinerator Bottom Ash (ICA), this is collected and processed to make an aggregate suitable for construction projects and in the manufacture of asphalt.
Agecko UK Ltd, as a leading waste management provider, use innovative and traditional solutions ensuring the waste and recycling option chosen best fits the customers’ needs. Contact our experienced waste management team to discuss your requirements for short or long-term greener solutions for your GRP waste.