Bins featuring clear polycarbonate walls are being utilised in Sydney’s CBD to enable security personnel to detect any suspicious object within as well as allow cleaners to see the level of waste.

In this clever use of shatterproof clear polycarbonate panels from Allplastics Engineering, garbage bins feature a practical construction that ensures safety and efficiency, and can withstand hard blows from vandal attacks. By being able to easily see the level of waste in the bins, the cleaners can save time on unnecessary emptying.

One of the toughest transparent thermoplastic materials, polycarbonate can withstand impact from all kinds of objects from stones to hammers without shattering. Key advantages also include proven energy absorbing characteristics maintained at sub-zero winter temperatures or high summer temperatures, preventing exposure damage; and 250 times the impact strength of glass for greater protection against vandalism and forced entry.

Allplastics offers optical grade heavy gauge sheets to suit many architectural applications including road barrier walls, balustrading, and internal and external cladding. The sheets are either Acrylic (PMMA) or Polycarbonate and come with extraordinary optical grade finish and highly effective noise reduction.

All sheets are made under ISO 9001 and ISO/TS 16949 Quality System and ISO 14001 Environmental Management System.

Key features of Allplastics’ clear polycarbonate panels include superior light transmission above 90%; high UV resistance; highly effective noise reduction; low levels of optical distortion; heavy duty protective masking; outstanding toughness; excellent abrasion resistance; good chemical resistance to solvents and cleaners; good electrical insulation; ability to withstand a temperature range of -40C° to +130C°; optical clarity; and lightweight characteristics.

Polycarbonate UV grade sheets are suited for outdoor applications that demand outstanding weather resistance and long life.

Prolonged exposure to the sun can weather even the most durable surface. Acrylic used to be often chosen for plastic glazing applications because of its inherent resistance to yellowing over time. But, compared to polycarbonate, the relative brittleness of acrylic made its impact strength insufficient for demanding, vandal-resistant applications.

Allplastics addressed this need in the market with MAKROLON Sheet UV that combines the impact protection of MAKROLON Sheet and the UV resistance of acrylic. This performance is backed by a comprehensive 10-year limited warranty against breakage, loss of light transmission and excessive yellowing from date of purchase.

Allplastics Engineering can also supply Abrasion Resistant (AR2) polycarbonate sheets for demanding applications where cleaning and/or accidental rubbing could result in scratches.