Here's Why City Planners Should Build With Plastic Lumber

Each year, thousands of projects are reviewed, approved, and completed in each city throughout the United States. For centuries, the main materials used in these projects have been wood, concrete, and metal. While these materials are sturdy and useful, there are now better alternatives.

Why Should Cities Use Plastic Lumber?

There are numerous benefits to increasing the amount of plastic lumber used for various city projects. 

Plastic Lumber Helps To Reduce Plastic Waste

Each year, millions of tons of plastic waste that are suitable to be reformed into plastic lumber are dumped into landfills or incinerated. Utilizing plastic lumber will ultimately reduce the amount of plastic waste.

Decreased City Maintenance And Replacement Costs

While it’s true that pressure-treated wood can last for a long time, the lifespan of a pressure-treated wood board is nothing when compared to that of plastic lumber. Plastic will never rot, splinter, or crack. It doesn’t attract insects. Plastic lumber never needs to be painted, stained, or waterproofed. 

Toxins In The Environment Are Reduced

Pressure-treated wood is made by using heat and pressure to force chemicals throughout a wood board. When that wood is then placed in water or soil, the chemicals will leech out into the surrounding area. 

Plastic Boards Are Stronger Than Wood

Structural lumber is reinforced with fiberglass, making it very stiff and capable of bearing heavy loads. 

Plastic Never Rusts 

Unlike metal, plastic will never rust when installed in a humid environment. 

Common City Construction Projects Where Plastic Lumber Can Be Used

Here are just a few of the projects that our plastic lumber has been used for in the past. 


Plastic lumber, combined with plastic sheeting, can be used to build a spectacular playground of any size. Customize colors to create gorgeous designs. 

Parents won’t have to worry about their children getting splinters. Unlike composite boards like Trex, plastic lumber doesn’t overheat when exposed to the sun, making it comfortable to play on in all climates. It even becomes less slippery when wet! 


Build a boardwalk that will last a lifetime! When the correct plastic boards are installed, a boardwalk made with plastic lumber can handle heavy foot traffic and even vehicle traffic. 


This is the perfect application for plastic lumber! Anytime that a board is exposed to a humid environment or directly to water, plastic is the right choice because it is naturally waterproof!

Landscaping Applications 

Plastic lumber is an excellent choice for turf nailers and retaining walls.


Build custom park benches that will last for decades. Standard woodworking tools can be used to create a custom design or engraving. 

Overall, plastic has shown to be a better alternative to wood and metal when used in city planning. 

Contact Plastic Lumber Yard With Your City Planning Needs

Our team is ready to help you with your next city construction project, big or small. Contact our office to learn more about which products will best suit your needs and request a quote.