Hancor: HDPE pipes have 50% recycled content

Hancor Inc. officials say they’ve achieved an industry first.The Findlay-based maker of high density polyethylene drainage pipe now is marketing its EcoFirst pipe, an HDPE product sized from 4-30 inches in diameter containing a minimum of 50 percent recycled content. The product is intended for use in drainage applications that may include installation beneath pavement and driving surfaces.
It is not the first time recycled resin has been used in pipe products, officials acknowledge, but the blending technology is original. Hancor expects to receive a patent any time on that process. Officials would say only that the product does not contain curbside post-consumer waste and that the material stream is scrutinized closely. There are certain standards, though, for HDPE pipe installed in road and highway applications. The American Association of State and Highway Transportation Officials has performance requirements for cell classification and slow crack growth resistance. AASHTO specifies virgin polyethylene for those applications.
Hancor is not saying EcoFirst is an AASHTO product, officials said. “We go beyond measures to make sure standards are adhered to,” Altermatt said in a recent interview at Hancor’s headquarters. “We can comply with the performance requirements.”

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