Recycling Procurement Program
Plastic Lumber - ASTM Test Methods
Recycled plastic lumber is marketed in a variety of ways, ranging from landscaping uses to finished products like picnic tables. It is currently difficult to write competitive specifications due to the variety of plastic used and due to the lack of performance standards. The plastic lumber industry has just completed a crucial first step by creating five Standard ASTM Test Methods:
The test methods are essential, but not enough for purchasing specifications until it is known what values (achieved through the test methods) assure adequate performance for various uses of plastic lumber. Related specification questions include:
Effective competitive bid specifications for plastic lumber will be written when the performance standards have been identified.
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