NEW BRIDGE AND BOARDWALK MADE FROM RECYCLED SCRAP
The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust has installed a new bridge and boardwalk on Lower Moors made from a mixture of post-consumer waste and post-industrial scrap.
The materials used in the construction included 22,000 plastic bottles that would otherwise have gone to landfill.
This is the third boardwalk that the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust has installed on the Lower & Higher Moors Nature Trails made from recycled goods. The first were put in place last year on the “the loop” at Higher Moors and the main pathway down through Lower Moors.
In a press release on their website, the Widlife Trust said: The whole plastic structure also includes UV stabilisers; these help to create the more natural brown colour of the boardwalk so it looks nicer in our natural environment but also protects the boardwalk from disintegrating in the sunlight.
Anyone that has seen plastic bottles on the beach will know that the process of breakdown and disintegration of plastic takes a very long time but with the UV stabilisers in the boardwalk it will take even longer; it will be 40-50 years before the top few millimetres start to fade and the structural strength of the boardwalk will remain sound for many years longer than that.
So it’s a financially, as well as environmentally, sound investment which will benefit our Islands for a few generations to come!