recycled plastic lumber fence

Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) plastic has become a popular fencing material as a result of its versatility and low cost. While the initial low price tag may seem attractive, it is deceiving. The environmental cost of manufacturing PVC is more alarming than the upfront price tag. The chlorine in PVC produces dioxins during the manufacturing process. Dioxins are infamously known to be one of the most toxic chemicals ever produced and are responsible for destroying the ozone layer and greatly affecting the Earth’s climate. Dioxins are also linked to harmful health effects like infertility, impaired childhood development, and cancer. 

The Alternative

HDPE plastic lumber is constructed from recycled materials like milk jugs and laundry detergent bottles. PVC gets praise for its resistance to moisture and abrasion, but HDPE reaps these benefits too; plus it saves plastic from entering landfills. Like PVC, HDPE does not corrode, nor does it require frequent painting or other forms of upkeep. HDPE is also known for its toughness, being able to stand up to changing conditions and temperatures, unlike PVC. PVC expands and contracts in changing temperatures, making it more brittle and susceptible to damage and breaking in cold environments. If used for fencing material, one will need to spend significant time and money replacing caps and repairing cracks in a PVC fence. PVC is also incapable of imitating wood to the extent that plastic lumber is.

The Future

HDPE plastic lumber has no downside. It is environmentally friendly, cost-effective, low-maintenance, durable, and can mimic the look and feel of almost any traditional wood fence. HDPE plastic lumber reaps all the benefits of PVC plastic fencing, in addition to being environmentally-friendly rather than environmentally damaging. Contact Bedford Technology today to use HDPE plastic lumber for your next fencing project.