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Plastics Pipe Institute Report to Capitol Hill

During the 2018 Plastics Industry Fly-In scheduled for September 11 -
12, 2018, the Plastics Pipe Institute, Inc. (PPI) will provide The Hill
with another perspective of the benefits of plastics. PPI is the major
North American trade association representing all segments of the
plastic pipe industry.

"While there is reuse of plastics in many industries, there is another
facet of recycling that is not widely discussed," stated Tony
Radoszewski, CAE, president of PPI. "And that is how and where to use
recycled plastic to gain the most benefit. The pipe industry turns used
bottles into pipe that will benefit the infrastructure for 100 years,
and probably longer."

Radoszewski stated that PPI members involved in the manufacture of pipe
used in storm water drainage systems now use post-consumer recycled
plastics. Studies have shown that corrugated high-density polyethylene
(HDPE) pipe manufactured with recycled materials performs the same as
pipe made from all virgin HDPE resin.

North American standard specification bodies have recently expanded
existing corrugated HDPE pipe standards to include recycled resins,
permitting use of recycled HDPE drainage pipe within the public
right-of-way. "This shift toward using recycled content," Radoszewski
said, "presents an opportunity for design engineers and public utility
agencies that are seeking to reduce their overall environmental
footprint associated with storm drainage projects."

HDPE pipe is favored for its durability and environmental
sustainability. Strong, durable, light-weight and flexible, it requires
less energy to fabricate, transport and install than metal or concrete
alternatives. Additionally, HDPE pipe can be recycled into many products
including pipe.

"Using discarded bottles to make new ones is certainly beneficial, but
taking that same old bottle and using it to make pipe is a far better
use of recycled resin," Radoszewski stated. "Our industry takes a
product that has a 60-day shelf life and turns it into a product with a
100-year service life. That is an extremely important benefit of
plastics that we want our legislators to know."

Additional information can be found at the PPI website, www.plasticpipe.org.

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