Axion to begin recycling of Olympic stadium wrap


The wrap that surrounded the Olympic stadium in London is to be recycled by Axion Recycling and charity Article 25.

Over the past year, the Dow Chemical Company and its partners created the innovative new material for the stadium wrap, conducted extensive performance and application testing and identified viable post-games use options.


Dow was selected in 2011 to provide the materials and manpower to complete the Olympic stadium wrap as architects had planned, using 306 individual panels that were 25 meters high and 2.5 meters wide.

Some of the panels will be used by charity Article 25 to construct a shaded community area at its new facility in the Santa Cruz neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro, where the next Olympic games will be held.

Dow is working with Axion Recycling to implement additional projects for reuse or recycling of the wrap within the UK.

Axion Recycling director Keith Freegard said: “Our expertise and technology helps support LOCOG’s goal to stage the world’s first truly sustainable Olympic and Paralympic games.

“We have already demonstrated that the stadium wrap can be recycled back into new plastic raw material in our Manchester factory.

“We look forward to developing other sustainable options for reuse of the wrap textile into beneficial applications in the Greater London region.”