WRAP Recycled Plastic vs Wood - Cost Comparison Study

WRAP* Study - Whole life Costs Compared
Recycled Plastic vs Wood

 

 

Typical Example

This example compares the whole life costs of Recycled Plastic to Wood in the construction of a walkway. These results equally apply anywhere that wood and recycled plastic would be permanently outdoors at the mercy of the elements, and even continuously immersed in water or exposed to wet conditions.

The Assumptions
Expect wood to be replaced approximately every 7 years. Maintenance on wood structures is generally required each year beginning after the 2nd year from initial installation. Inflationary figures are not calculated in this assessment. The average yearly cost of maintenance in materials and labour is estimated at £176 per annum.

Average Cost Estimate
Applies to 100 meters of walkway over the time shown:
Timber £1300 - Recycled Plastic £370 (prices current at time of this study)

Conclusions
Recycled plastic is higher initially, but the long-term, whole life costs are very significantly lower compared to treated wooden materials.

 

 

* WRAP is an independent body established and funded by all four governments across the UK and the EU and run programmes in England, Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland in 2000, to help establish recycling practices throughout the UK and to expand markets for recycled materials.

 

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