To Matta Products recycling is not just a ‘good idea’, it is the lifeblood of the company. Matta Products was founded on the premise that non-renewable resources can and should be re-used and our mission is to turn waste plastics and rubber into a range of safety surfacing for playgrounds and industrial applications. And these products can be recycled in their turn. Matta Products uses 100% recycled rubber feedstock in the manufacture of underlying shock pads and recycled PVC feedstock to manufacture the mats. Both the mats and shock pads hold Environmental Choice New Zealand certification.
Low carbon footprint
Using reclaimed materials not only reduces waste and conserves energy but also eliminates the emission of greenhouse gases produced during the manufacture of virgin materials. Compare using Play Matta with the impact of using virgin materials for 186m² of PVC playground surfacing*:
- It re-uses 3 tonnes of non-renewable petroleum-based products that otherwise would have ended up as landfill.
- It saves the release of the CO² that could be contained in around seven 190m² houses, had the playground surfacing been made from virgin materials.
- It locks up 18.5 tonnes of CO² that would have been released into the atmosphere if the ‘donor’ products used for recycling had been abandoned to disintegrate.
As well as being an ISO certified manufacturer, Matta Products holds an Environmental Choice certification from the New Zealand Ecolabelling Trust.
*Calculations based on American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ figures: 2.25kg of CO² is produced when 1kg of PVC is manufactured.
Research and Development
We continue to make significant investment in research and development, addressing the many issues associated with sourcing, processing and utilising recycled materials. One such issue is the possibility that the recycled raw material may contain harmful substances. In sourcing raw materials, and as part of the daily manufacturing process, we do rigorous testing to ensure that such substances are either absent altogether, or are in a form that results in Play Matta™ being as safe as any common household product children have contact with.
Matta Products is determined to continue using recycled materials and our team of scientific experts has contributed significantly to the growing body of knowledge around their safe use.
PVC Recycling in Hospitals Program
The PVC Recovery in Hospitals initiative is a program aimed at collecting used PVC medical products for recycling into useful new products.
Playmatta tiles are proud to be part of this program, reducing landfills.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FS_Y7k2pzM&feature=youtu.be See this recyling in action.
Hospitals can sign up for this program at this website http://www.vinyl.org.au/pvc-recycling-in-hospital