Hendrix Molded Products, Milford, N.H., introduced a new Cradle-to-Cradle recycling program for the return and recycling of its HPI polyethylene insulator products. Unlike traditional porcelain insulators, Hendrix's line of HPI insulators are made from #2 high density polyethylene (HDPE), a recyclable plastic that can be reconstructed for reuse when the product's life cycle has ended. As part of Hendrix's new Cradle-to-Cradle program, customers are encouraged to dispose of insulators by sending any used HPI products to a local recycler or by simply shipping them back to Hendrix for recycling at no additional cost.
The company's HPI insulators are suited for both bare wire and covered conductors and offer an alternative solution to porcelain insulators, which are susceptible to vandalism and can be problematic when paired with covered overhead conductors. Impervious to impact damage and breakage, HPI Polyethylene Insulators offer longer leakage distance and higher impulse strength. Additionally, the insulator easily withstands ultraviolet rays and offers greater track resistance due to the proprietary high-density polyethylene material.