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Parks Abound with Plastic Lumber

By Environmental Protection Agency

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Book Id: WPLBN0000072284
Format Type: PDF eBook
File Size: 0.6 MB
Reproduction Date: 2007
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Title: Parks Abound with Plastic Lumber  
Author: Environmental Protection Agency
Language: English
Subject: Ecology, Natural resource issues, Environemtal protection
Collections: Environmental Awareness Library Collection
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Publisher: United States Environmental Protection Agency


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Excerpt: Much to their delight, two state parks in the Midwest have discovered the long-term benefits of recycled plastic lumber as a construction material. In Indiana and Minnesota, structures made from recycled milk jugs are proving to be an environmentally preferable?and economic?alternative to wood products. To celebrate Earth Day 1995, Harmonie State Park in Indiana built a viewing platform and four bridges from plastic lumber. The lumber was made from 150,000 recycled milk jugs, all collected from Indiana residents, and the project was funded in part by a General Electric employees? charity group. The plastic lumber project not only supported Indiana?s recycling industry, but provided a durable replacement for pressure-treated wood, which had come under scrutiny in the park for its potential to emit chemicals into the air and water.


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