Benefits of Plastic Lumber
The primary benefit of this eco-friendly alternative is the reduction of landfill waste. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), American businesses generated 30.7 million tons of plastic of which only 2.09 million tons or 6.8 percent was recovered. The majority of recovered material however, was water, soft drink, and plastic milk jugs.
The low recovery rate also indicates a benefit in that there is enormous potential for growth in this industry. As more Americans recycle their plastic products, the availability of this commodity will increase, fueling the demand for more products. The increase in product will also drive prices lower for businesses wishing to explore this growing industry.
Unlike treated wood, plastic lumber does not contain harmful chemicals such as arsenic which are used to preserve and extend the life of wood. Furthermore, plastic lumber will not rot, splinter, or split. These features offer you a more permanent solution that will save you money in the long run.
For the environment, plastic lumber reduces the need to harvest virgin timber and contribute to deforestation. There is also a reduction in the energy costs necessary to transport timber to sawmills and manufacturers. The durability of the material means that products will last longer, reducing the need for additional harvest.