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Firm awarded licence for Olympic's green drainage scheme
A NORTH Yorkshire recycling specialist which kept the 2012 Olympics free from flooding has gained official recognition for its innovative drainage system.
Econoplas supplied the London games park with its recycled plastic drainage material Aquadyne, which helped with ground rain water reduction and kept the park drained during one of the wettest years on record.
In honour of its work the Scarborough-based company has just been awarded its supplier recognition licence, allowing it to publicise its role in the games under the “We Made 2012” banner.
As well as receiving its licence Econoplas’s product Aquadyne was singled out for praise as part of an overall award for the sustainability of the park’s construction.
Econoplas executive director Ed Gaskarth said: “We are extremely proud to have been a part of the success of London 2012 and pleased to be able to say: ‘We Made 2012’.
“Econoplas was involved from as far back as 2008 when the park’s designers, WS Atkins chose Aquadyne for its excellent drainage properties and the environmental advantages the product gives.
“It is made of 100 per cent recycled materials and is produced in a very energy-efficient way.”
This year the Olympic Delivery Authority, W.S Atkins and constructors BAM Nuttall Constructors were the winners of a CEEQUAL outstanding achievement award for not only meeting but exceeding the environmental targets set out at the beginning of the London 2012 project.
The CEEQUAL report states that the use of Aquadyne avoided the use of 785 tonnes of virgin materials in the form of pipe and gravel.
Based on the Plaxton Park Industrial Estate on Cayton Low Road, Econoplas uses waste plastics to create the Aquadyne drainage material. Its product is now used in a wide and expanding variety of places from golf courses and sports fields, to green roofs and rainwater attenuation systems.
Aquadyne has won a host of awards including the Ecobuild Dragon’s Den Award. It was also a finalist in the National Recycling Awards.
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