PVC is the most widely used plastic material in building and construction. Pipes, gutters, roofing sheets, cable trays, windows and doors are made of so-called rigid PVC, which is the material we here propose to be used in urban agriculture.
PVC is made for water
PVC building products are particularly suitable for growing in because the construction products are designed to come into contact with water. Comparing the rigid PVC with wood, for example, is has a considerably longer life. PVC does not rot and can last for over a hundred years. For this, the material is easy available , which means that if you want to build a city garden using PVC building waste, then the material is very easy to transport from the recycling site. It can easily be done for example on a loading bike.
PVC building materials in rigid PVC are distinguished by being collected and sorted for recycling. In Denmark for example, we have a statuary order that requires that this happens. This means that building waste in PVC is found at almost all recycling sites. The material is thus easily accessible to everyone. The idea is that the building materials are reused before they are recycled.
Free construction waste for urban agriculture
In the project, we extend the life of the materials by giving the construction products a different function in the form of plant boxes for urban agriculture. The main advantage of using PVC building waste to build an urban garden is that the waste is easily accessible and accessible to everyone for free. High costs for plant boxes are not necessary.
If you no longer want to grow your urban garden, the used waste must be handed over to the local recycling center, from which it will be sent for recycling. So after being used for urban gardens, the construction waste can once again get new life in the form of new pipes, new gutters, etc.
The environmental and climate benefits of growing in PVC building waste can be found elsewhere on this site. Likewise, you can find information on health topics related to using PVC in urban gardens; here you will see that it is without risk to grow in PVC building waste.