The stock fencing industry is going green through innovative technology from Integrated Recycling, part of the Integrated Packaging group.
The technology, originally developed by an organic wine producer in Mildura converts agricultural waste products including vine covers and grain bags into timber substitutes such as fencing posts and rails that are not affected by rot or insect attack.
Integrated Recycling General Manager Stephen Webster says that environment-friendly stock fencing products are increasingly being preferred by consumers over conventional timber, metal or wire fencing products.
Key advantages of timber-substitute stock fencing products include:
- Environment-friendly, sustainable and practical products
- Lifetime value, being impervious to rot, splintering, borers or white ant attacks
- Cannot be chewed by stock unlike traditional timber fencing
- Fire-resistant material
- Maintenance-free product
- Does not require painting
- Can be drilled, screwed and stapled
- Can be continuously recycled
- Suitable for electric fences
- No leaching of chemicals into the soil or water unlike treated pine posts
The technology was first developed by former Sunraysia vigneron Chris Curran wherein he recycled old plastic vine covers into vine posts. Subsequently he adapted the process to include various kinds of plastic waste such as hard plastic, shrink wrap, silage film, polystyrene, polypropylene and shopping bags.
Though his Ausplaztik company was acquired by Integrated Packaging last year, he remains with the organisation as its business development manager. The company is now trading as Integrated Recycling.
The plastic recycling technology consists of a patented composite mix made from shredded plastics and timber fibre that is heated under pressure and extruded into various timber substitutes such as fencing posts and rails.
Timber replacement fencing products also include outdoor furniture, walkways, vine posts, decking, jetties, lawn edging and bollards.
This plastics and polystyrene recycling effort will prevent the entry of over 400 tonnes of plastic waste into landfills each year.
Sheep farms and stud farms are among some of the early adopters of these green fencing products, according to Chris.
Interest is also being shown by groups who would like to adopt green products as part of their eco-conservation efforts. A key advantage of these stock fencing products is their endless recyclability that prevents their entry into landfills.