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Company turns landfill waste into eco-friendly ‘plastic lumber’

March 19, 2013

Company turns landfill waste into eco-friendly ‘plastic lumber’

Envirolastech, a Rochester, Minn. firm specializing in the development of sustainable building products makes new “plastic lumber”.

The company has developed a proprietary formula that uses different mixtures of mineral ash, recycled resins and solid waste materials to create what it calls a “true replacement for wood.” Its products are made from 100 percent recycled inorganic materials taken directly from landfills and curbside pickups. All products are also recyclable.

“Ash is the number one by-product that goes into our landfills, whether it’s coal or incinerator ash. It makes up between 40 to 60 percent of every landfill we have,” said Paul Schmitt, president of Envirolastech, in an interview with local Minnesota news station. “We’ve produced and developed over 30 products already. We can build a complete house out of garbage.”

The company says that the plastic lumber is in its tenth year of field testing and so far shows no signs of chipping, peeling or color fade.

Read more at Earth911 and at Envirolastech

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