Recycled Plastic Lumber…The Gift that Keeps on Giving!

Recycled Plastic Lumber…The Gift that Keeps on Giving!

By December 16, 2014 No Comments

The holiday season is not always the best time to be spreading the word about “saving the trees”, but the other 364 days of the year, it is a selling point that most of us consider when purchasing products for our home, business or family.  With that in mind, allow us to expand on a great alternative to wood in many applications…Recycled HDPE Plastic Lumber!

Recycled plastic lumber products have begun to be used more and more each year in a variety of applications and industries, ranging from park and recreation, playgrounds, marine, industrial and agriculture. Bedford Technology supplies plastic lumber products to many boardwalks, playgrounds, marine fender and bridge protection systems, industrial cribbing and matting companies and many more all across the United States and internationally. Our key brands include: SELECTFORCE®, FIBERFORCE®, BARFORCE®, SEAPILE® AND SEATIMBER®. Each of these brands supply varying capabilities and unique properties that are useful to all of these industries as well as others. The question then becomes, Why Not Plastic Lumber? If you are using wood in a non-structural application, then why not try plastic lumber?

Let’s get back to why this might be a “Gift” that keeps on giving… Here are some things to consider when thinking about using recycled plastic lumber products…one pound of our plastic lumber equates to 8 milk jugs! As milk jugs are a primary source of HDPE used in our products, in each foot of a 2”X6” board there is 3.2 pounds of recycled material, which means roughly 307 milk jugs are diverted from a landfill and used to manufacture a 2”X6”X12’ board. That becomes a large number when you start adding up all of the milk jugs, laundry detergent containers, shampoo bottles and other HDPE bottles and containers that are recycled to become useful plastic lumber products. All of Bedford Technology products specify that they are durable, made by a resource efficient manufacturing process, have an identifiable recycled content, are recyclable themselves, and have low to no negative impact on environmental quality making them a “Green” product…keeping plastic out of landfills and saving the trees, at the same time! Sounds like a win-win for everyone!

Bedford Technology’s SELECTFORCE®, FIBERFORCE® and BARFORCE® Hard Tool and Continuous Extrusion products have a textured surface finish and come in a variety of colors. The Hard Tool lumber is more useful in commercial playground equipment, park and recreation applications, signage, boardwalks, decks, piers, parking curbs, landscaping boards, cribbage, swamp mats and any harsh weather environment application. The Continuous Extrusion lumber is more suited for use in the outdoor furniture market. Items such as Adirondack chairs, patio furniture, tables, stands and shelving to name a few are made with our high-quality CE plastic lumber. Bedford Technology plastic lumber looks great and is long lasting and resistant to: rotting, splintering, water damage, termites (pests), etc.  Bedford Technology’s plastic lumber also doesn’t require painting and is very low maintenance (compared with traditional wood) and is a high quality, carpenter friendly product that can be drilled, sawn, cut, routed and worked just as wood lumber.

Bedford Technology’s recycled HDPE plastic lumber serves as a replacement to traditional parts made from injection molding, rotational molding, vacuum forming, aluminum extrusion, lumber profiles and wood profiles. Bedford Technology can also design a plastic lumber product to suit your specific application, including custom molded products (ie: pipe supports, bench frame shapes, lids). Contact us today at (800)721-9037 and talk with one of our knowledgeable sales representatives. Visit us online at, “Like” us on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter at