The Piece Hall in Halifax has partnered with British Recycled Plastic to create a range of sustainable furniture for visitors to enjoy while they shop and eat.
The 18th-century cloth hall, housing history exhibits, shops, bars and restaurants has commissioned 40 picnic tables made from recycled mixed plastic which has been diverted from land-fill, incineration and dumping then converted into a durable, useful material.
Nicola Chance-Thompson DL, chief executive of The Piece Hall Trust, said: “The Piece Hall is so much more than just a building. It is woven into the very fabric of our town and is something that so many people are proud of.
“Part of our role is to contribute to the growth of the local and regional economy as well as helping improve people’s lives and livelihoods. We aim to do this in a way that is responsible and protects our natural resources.
“We are pleased to be working with British Recycled Plastic on this project and to showcase some of the practical products that can be made from recycled plastic.”
British Recycled Plastic’s managing director Jason Elliott said: “We are all excited for life to get back to normal and to be able to spend time with friends and family again, to enjoy street-life and a spot of people-watching and we’re delighted to partner with The Piece Hall on this great project.
“The Piece Hall is leading the way of town centre regeneration in post-Debenhams times and is a shining example of how the high streets of the future could be shaped.”
More than 285,000 tonnes, or 6.28 billion household plastic bottles are not recycled – this costs local councils £24.3m in disposal costs (source: WRAP). It is estimated that nearly 1.2 million tonnes of plastics packaging are consumed by households in the UK (source:recoup) and from this 1.2 million tonnes, it is reported that only 440,401 tonnes is collected for recycling – an overall 37 per cent recycling rate.
Over the last two decades, the household waste recycling rate in England has increased significantly from just 11.2 percent to almost 50 percent. However, England still fell short of the EU target of recycling a minimum of 50 percent of its household waste by 2020.