We are becoming more and more conscious about the footprint that we create on the planet. Sustainability and recycling are issues that are driving awareness around being greener in both our business and personal lives.
We work with metals across all of our products; LST radiators, radiator covers and pipe-boxing. Contour has been blogging about the recyclability of LST radiators and radiator covers when they come to the end of their lifespan and need to be replaced.
Read on to find out more…
LST Radiators And Their Materials
Contour LST radiators are made from steel, a fully recyclable material. It can be recycled over and over again and can be repurposed into steel for another product rather than stripped down and only partially recycled.
This means that an LST radiator installed into a hospital could have already been recycled from other steel products.
Galvanizing.org states that galvanised steel can also be recycled with other steel scrap in the electric ARC furnace.
Steel’s extended lifespan means that our LST radiators are long-lasting from the moment that they are manufactured.
For additional reassurance for you, we provide a ten-year warranty on the radiator itself and a five-year warranty on our radiator valves and radiator covers.
This ensures that our LST radiators maintain strong performance and limits the need for constant updates that would require the production of more steel.
In environments such as nurseries where children are running around or in hospitals where vulnerable people are at risk of burns there are additional considerations around low surface temperature heating solutions that need to be addressed.
Regarding these environments, The Health And Safety Executive states; “associated pipework [is] likely to operate at temperatures which may present a burn risk”. Additionally, a statement from The Department of Health says that “Heating pipework should not be exposed to touch within service user-accessible areas and should be encased and insulated”.
We supply aluminium pipe-boxing to environments where a more robust solution is needed. Aluminium is an extremely environmentally friendly material to use in heating solutions.
Over 90% of the aluminium in the manufacturing sectors is recycled at the end of its lifespan. It is one of the most recycled metals in use; over 75% of the aluminium produced 100 years ago is still being used today!
In pipe-boxing form, it is a recyclable low surface temperature solution that keeps the space safer for all users and looks after the environment even after being used.
The metals that makeup LST radiators are recyclable. This means that as they reach the end of their long lifespan, they can be reused in other products- including being reformed into new LSTs, radiator covers and pipe-boxing.
Much of the steel and aluminium that we use today is recycled from projects spanning as far back as 100 years ago, showing the longevity of the materials that we use as part of our low surface temperature heating solutions here at Contour.
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Contour produces a range of innovative, safe surface temperature systems for healthcare, education, mental health, commercial and secure sectors, working in close partnership and collaborating with architects, M&E engineers, NHS Trusts, local authorities, design consultants and contractors to deliver outstanding safe heating solutions.
Contour is the exclusive partner of BioCote® anti-microbial technology for LST and anti-ligature radiators. BioCote® additives reduce bacteria by up to 99.9%. Contour combine an extensive range of colour-paints is with BioCote® for a durable, high-quality finish.
Contour’s heating solutions offer secure, single-person quick access to radiator guard interiors for regular deep cleaning and maintenance. Each year, Contour save the NHS millions of pounds in cleaning costs, therefore delivering cleaner, safer environments. Contour is redefining the marketplace and many regard us as a design and innovation leader within the industry.
Contour have a quality- first philosophy. Our customer-focused team possess a ‘can-do’ attitude, they take pride in developing solutions for your heating requirements.
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