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ASTM Standard addresses plastic piping systems.

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October 18, 2007 - Developed by Subcommittee F17.65 on Land Drainage, F 2648/F 2648M is based on specification for 2-60 in. annular corrugated profile wall polyethylene pipe and fittings for land drainage applications. Standard allows user to specify use of blended or recycled materials for large diameter HDPE pipe product. It will be useful to municipalities that have recycling program or those that require percentage of products to be made from materials that minimize environmental impact.

ASTM International - West Conshohocken, PA

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ASTM Plastic Piping Systems Standard Allows for Use of Recycled Material

Press release date: October 16, 2007

The need to provide a product for land drainage construction that is both environmentally friendly and cost effective was the driving force behind a new standard recently approved by ASTM International Committee F17 on Plastic Piping Systems. Subcommittee F17.65 on Land Drainage developed the new standard, F 2648/F 2648M, Specification for 2 to 60 inch [50 to 1500 mm] Annular Corrugated Profile Wall Polyethylene (PE) Pipe and Fittings for Land Drainage Applications. The requirements of F 2648/F 2628M provide non-pressure (gravity flow) pipe and fitting suitable for underground use for subsurface and land drainage systems. "This standard allows the user to specify the use of blended or recycled materials for large diameter HDPE pipe product," says John Kurdziel, director, technical services and market development, Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. "It reduces the environmental impact of the disposal of used plastics and provides a lower priced product while still meeting the long-term engineering and material mechanical properties for the project." Kurdziel says that private developers will use product covered by F 2648/F 2648M for land drainage applications and that, because it presents the option to specify recycled materials, the standard will be helpful to municipalities that have a recycled product program or those that require a percentage of products to be made from materials that minimize environmental impact. This standard does not reduce the long-term engineering requirements for the pipe, but instead allows a designer to determine the load and field applications that accommodate the pipe capabilities. ASTM International standards are available for purchase from Customer Service (phone: 610/832-9585; service@astm.org) or at www.astm.org. For further technical information, contact John Kurdziel, Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc., Hilliard, Ohio (phone: 614/658-0211; john.kurdziel@ads-pipe.com). Committee F17 will meet Nov. 12-15 at the November Committee Week in Tampa, Fla. For membership or meeting information, contact Robert Morgan, Technical Committee Operations, ASTM International (phone: 610/832-9732; rmorgan@astm.org).

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