Recycled Plastic Composite Fencing and Decking
By: Danny Lipford
Recycling is an important way to conserve our resources and help the environment, but recycled materials can also be used to produce quality products for your home. Composite decking and fencing, such as that from Fiberon, are made in part using high density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic from recycled milk jugs and other plastic containers.
Composite decking and fencing made from recycled plastic are an attractive and low-maintenance alternative to wood. Watch this video to find out more.
- Get Onboard the Recycle Cycle (article)
- Reusing and Recycling Plastic Containers (article)
- Ideas for Reusing Plastic Containers in Your Home (video)
- Composite and Wood Decking for Your Home (video)
I’ve talked about some of the things you can make with milk jugs, like seed and grain scoops, bird feeders, and piggy banks. But if you really want to make a dent in keeping milk jugs out of the landfill, try using over 28,000 for just one project! That’s about how many it would take to make a fence for your backyard.
Most milk jugs are made from High Density Polyethylene or HDPE. You can tell by this little symbol on the bottom of the jug. This is the type of plastic used to make some composite fencing material, and some companies have got this down to an art form. What you wind up with is a fence that looks and feels like wood, won’t rot or decay, and it’s virtually maintenance-free.
So the next time you polish off a gallon of moo juice, make sure you recycle the jug. It may be used to keep the cows in their place!