Great article highlighting some of the possibilities of applications using recycled plastic bottles and HDPE back into the environment.  The full article can be found at this link:


…Two years ago, the Port of Duluth-Superior had a problem.

Freshwater bacteria were eating its steel ­pilings. Old growth tree lumber was a possible replacement but was hard to get, expensive and would bring maintenance problems of its own.

Instead, the harbor found an answer with Bedford Technology, a Worthington manufacturer that makes plastic pilings from recycled milk, juice and detergent jugs and fiberglass rebar.

“We have been really impressed with it,” said Chad Scott, president of AMI Consulting Engineers, the company hired to solve the harbor’s problem. The plastic pilings don’t crack. They don’t rot like wood. And because ice doesn’t stick to plastic, it can’t rip the pilings from the lake floor.

After passing AMI’s yearlong engineering tests in Duluth, Bedford Technology added the pilings to its other plastic lumber offerings and started marketing to other clients.

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