1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

October 25, 2008

:299 Recycled Plastic Decking

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet environment.

1:5:10:299 EcoTip:  Recycled Plastic Lumber (RPL) made from recycled plastic milk jugs and other types of plastic and fillers. Currently it is generally considered non-structural, but is being used successfully for decking, landscaping, benches, sign posts and playground equipment.

I especially like the idea of using it for below ground applications like fence posts or deck piers because it won’t rot. It is also fully recyclable when it is no longer wanted. Some RPL is being made that is a mixture of wood and plastic. It doesn’t hold up as well to moisture or last as long.

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 Additional Information:

According to the California Integrated Waste Management Board:

RPL is clean, nontoxic, and nonporous, and lasts longer than wood. In addition, all types except wood-filled RPL have the following advantages over wood:

  • Moisture and chemical resistant.
  • Graffiti resistant.
  • Splinter free, does not crack.
  • Does not need sealants or preservatives.
  • Colored throughout, does not need paint.
  • Impervious to insects.
  • Flexible, can be curved and shaped.
  • Maintenance free.
  • Does not absorb bacteria.

Additional information is available at the California Integrated Waste Management Board website.

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1 Comment »

  1. Yes you are right, recycled plastic lumber is ideal for outdoor products. Thats exactly why I chose to create my own business for the sole purpose of creating useful and elegant products for the garden and other outdoor needs. All of the key features you pointed out are correct, although you could have mentioned how it is less flammable than wood timber.

    I currently have two types of recycled plastic available. The first is pure recycled plastic, which you can see here. http://www.kedel.co.uk/recycled-plastic-lumber-wood-composite-profiles-timber-main/recycled-plastic-lumber-synthetic-wood-composite-timber-profiles.html

    Or

    A mixed plastic composite. Which you can see here. http://www.kedel.co.uk/recycled-plastic-lumber-wood-composite-profiles-timber-main/recycled-plastic-profiles-mixed-plastics.html

    Both of these significantly reduce the carbon footprint of any builing project and are more favourable over traditional building materials.

    Lets educate the world together about this sustainable wonderful raw material!

    Thanks

    Comment by kedelltd — June 24, 2010 @ 2:50 pm


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