You won’t consider the venerable railroad cross-tie as one thing ripe for innovation. However a composite-products producer in Louisiana sees issues otherwise. Actually, it has massive plans to carry the standard cross-tie—the oblong block that retains metal rails bolted to the bottom—into the twenty first century by making it from extra sustainable supplies.
Conventional railroad ties are made both of wooden handled with chemical compounds or of longer-lasting—and costlier—concrete, in keeping with Sarepta, Louisiana-based IntegriCo. The personal equity-backed agency says a greater—and extra eco-friendly—method to make railroad ties is to make use of plastics that may in any other case find yourself in a landfill.
IntegriCo says it really works with recycling facilities referred to as Materials Restoration Services (MRFs) to gather discarded recyclables like ketchup bottles, yogurt containers, margarine tubs, meat trays, egg cartons, and plastic cups and plates. The corporate then makes use of a particular “low-heating” course of that preserves the properties of these supply gadgets to create a troublesome, composite materials. The ensuing “IntegriTies” can prolong the lifetime of railroad ties by as much as 4 occasions the lifespan of conventional picket ties in high-rot areas, IntegriCo says.
Because it invented its recycling course of in 2007, the corporate says it has diverted greater than 80 million kilos of landfill-bound plastics to the manufacture of merchandise just like the railroad ties.