Compost bins

Is the reinforcement slat for the top of the compost bin sold separately?

This reinforcement slat is indeed available separately. Contact our customer service who will be happy to help you.

Does a compost bin require a cover?

The cover of the ECO-oh! compost bin is optional.
It consists of separate concave profiles that form a slightly sloping cover on top of the bin.
This allows the maturing compost to breathe, while keeping off most of the rain: good management of moisture and oxygen are the secret of successful composting.

Edging

How much distance should there be between each Ecopic stake?

It is best to place the Ecopic stakes into the ground every 50 cm. You can then attach the Ecolat edging slat to the Ecopics with stainless steel screws (2 per stake). You can also use a spirit level to perfect the result.
See also the Ecolat edging assembly instructions for further clarification.

Can Ecolat be put into place without the Ecopic stakes?

This is possible, but it's not recommended. The Ecolat will be less stable and might loosen in time. Therefore, we recommend a solid placement using Ecopic stakes.

See also the Ecolat edging assembly instructions for further clarification.

Can I also use the rolled Ecolat for straight edging? Or can I use straight Ecolat to make curves?

Rolled Ecolat is specifically meant for bending/flowing borders and is not suitable for straight edging.
Ecolat in straight slats is specifically designed for straight borders and light bends; it is not suitable for curved borders.

What length of Ecopic is best to use?

For stable attachment of Ecolat edging, use Ecopic stakes with H-profile.

Ecopic with a height of 38 cm is sufficient for solid attachment in the ground. Depending on the ground and the application, heights of 58 cm and 76 cm are also available. For example, a pond edge is more likely to use 58 cm Ecopic.

See also the Ecolat edging assembly instructions for further explanation.

Can I saw the Ecolat? Which tools do I use?

Ecolat can be worked in much the same way as wood. This means you can easily saw it and screw into it. The slats can be cut using a hacksaw or a circular saw.

What type of screws can I use to attach the Ecolat to the Ecopic stakes?

We recommend stainless steel wood screws of 4.5 x 45 mm.
See also the Ecolat edging assembly instructions for further clarification.

If I do not use the Ecoplanc connect, can I then place the Ecoplanc profiles in the ground using Ecopic stakes, just like Ecolat?

This is possible. Ecopic stakes can be attached to the Ecoplanc using stainless steel screws.

Can I use my Ecoplanc hollow profiles for my (swimming) pond edges, instead of blue stone?

Ecoplanc works perfectly as vertically placed edging for a garden border or garden path, construction of a one square foot garden, herb garden, vegetable garden, vegetable beds, sandbox, etc.
Use of Ecoplanc as a horizontally-placed, flat edging (for example, around a pond) is not recommended because of the expansion and contraction properties of the material.

Do you need to pre-drill the Ecolat strips in order to secure them to the Ecopic stakes?

You do not need to pre-drill the Ecolat strips, unless you want to place screws in them at less than 2 cm from the edge.

Please refer to the Ecolat edging installation instructions for additional information.

General

Can individuals buy goods from ECO-oh!?

Unfortunately it is not possible for individuals to purchase directly from ECO-oh!. For our garden products, you can find a sales outlet within Belgium at the bottom of the 'Garden' range homepage. For the other products, or for sales outside Belgium, please contact us on +32 (0)13 31 33 31 or via info@eco-oh.com

Are direct deliveries an option?

ECO-oh! is able to supply directly to professional customers. There is no charge for orders of and exceeding EUR 3000 excl. VAT (within Belgium). For smaller orders or for deliveries abroad we add a transport charge, based on the volume of goods and their destination

Where can I go to view ECO-oh! products in real-life? Does ECO-oh! have a show room?

Our products can be viewed by appointment during office hours (Monday-Friday, 8.30 am - 4.30 pm) in the ECO-oh! show garden in Houthalen: Europark 1075, BE-3530 Houthalen. To make an appointment, please contact: info@eco-oh.com or +32 (0)13 31 33 31.

Product information

Do you have a brochure or catalogue featuring ECO-oh! products?

You can download the required commercial brochures and technical sheets on the product pages of this website. 

How long do the products last?

Depending on the type of product and the use, their service life will be between 10 and 30 years, or even longer, under normal circumstances. 

Is the products’ colour affected by the sun?

The products become lighter in the sun. It may take several years because for this discolouration to stabilize.

How are the products best maintained?

ECO-oh! products are best cleaned with a sponge, lukewarm water and mild soap (like Marseille soap). We absolutely do not recommend using a steel brush or abrasive sponge, a pressure washer or caustic cleaners (thinner, bleach,…).

Are the products reinforced to prevent them from sagging?

The ECO-oh! tables, picnic sets and bench seats (with the exception of the benches in the Forest series) are reinforced with a metal bar placed under the profile or by integrating a metal tube in the profile.  

Do the profiles and posts bend as the temperature changes?

Temperature changes can cause the material to bend. The more solid the material, the less it will bend.

See also the question: Do the profiles expand?

Are ECO-oh! materials safe for the environment?

ECO-oh! materials are completely safe for humans and the environment. They have already been used successfully for several decades by many satisfied users at home and abroad, and they are 100% safe. For example, herbs, vegetables and other plants proliferate in Ecolat or Ecoplanc edging, and ECO-oh! compost bins ensure the composting process is not disturbed.

The recycled plastic from ECO-oh! meets the stringent European Toys Directive, and has been tested for safety by various official research institutions. Specific information about this can be found in the file "Material characteristics" (Point 12. Toys Directive). The various official research reports can be reviewed in our offices.


ECO-oh! materials are made from a mix of 100% household plastic waste. These include packaging films, yoghurt pots, butter containers, cold meat packaging, herb containers, etc. that are currently being sorted by citizens. All these plastics meet the strictest requirements. Furthermore, any harmful substances are removed from the process as a result of intensive washing during the mixed plastics processing.
The "Sorting rules for mixed plastics" provides an overview of the types of household plastic waste that ECO-oh! accepts. This is along the lines of the pink bag collections that are currently in operation throughout Flanders (Belgium).

Do ECO-oh! profiles expand?

The linear expansion coefficient of our unreinforced profiles is app. 100 – 200 µ/m°C (for more information, consult our Material Characteristics document / Datasheet Regranulate 2000).

This means that the material will expand or shrink with 2.5 – 5 mm per metre, per temperature change of 30°C.

It is advised to take this information into account when making a construction. A profile of 2 metres can expand lengthwise up to 1 cm when its temperature is raised with 30°C: a construction needs to allow space for this expansion if it is to retain its shape. It’s also possible to counteract the expansion by fixating the material.

In case temperature differences occur within the material, for example by exposing to sunshine on only one side, a profile may bend due to unequal expansion within the material.

Profiles are therefore best stored and processed at a constant ambient temperature.

For our board panels, a specific coefficient of expansion has been determined, see also our Recommendations for working with ECO-oh! board panels.

Street Furniture

How should the street furniture be fixed?

The tables, benches and picnic sets from the Park and Forest ranges of street furnishings can be secured in the ground using anchoring base feet made from recycled plastic.
These weigh 18 kg and come in the form of a trapezium. The footrests in furnishings in the Park and Forest series have been predrilled.
More information can be found here.

For the Altamira en H-bench ranges, please check the specific assembly instructions for these ranges.

Board panels

Are the dimensions consistent?

Take into account a 0.2% variation along the length and width, and up to 10% for the thickness. The boards should be cut to size at the same time and while at the same temperature – see our Recommendations for working with ECO-oh! boards”.

Is the colour consistent?

Variations may occur in the colour and marking of the boards, both in the skin as well as in the core. This is due to variations in the composition of the recycled plastic material.

Do the boards expand?

The recycled plastic expands and contracts with temperature changes. Keep this in mind during installation and allow sufficient room for expansion. We recommend drilling holes 3 mm over size. To calculate the appropriate distance between the boards and fixing points, calculate the maximum expansion for each length of board in your construction – see “attaching/installing” in our Recommendations for working with ECO-oh! boards

How can I fix the boards?

The boards can be joined and fastened using screws and connection fittings. In order to absorb expansion, pre-drilling is recommended: we recommend drilling holes 3 mm over size. We recommend Phillips self-tapping (chipboard) screws; use chemical anchors if necessary to achieve the best result.

To fully enjoy the long lifetime of the plastic boards, we recommend stainless steel screws and fixings.

We recommend a maximum distance of 350 to 400 mm between fixing points; although the ideal distance may vary, depending on the application. The smaller the distance between two fixing points, the more stable the result.

Nailing or glueing the boards is not recommended.

See our Recommendations for working with ECO-oh! boards.

What are the most appropriate tools to use when working with the boards?

You can use standard woodworking tools for drilling, milling and sawing. Avoid high speeds to avoid softening or even melting the material - see our Recommendations for working with ECO-oh! boards

Is the material scratch-proof?

No. Shallow scratches can appear on the surface during normal use.

Can I paint the boards?

Painting the material is not recommended because this reduces the benefit of using the boards in that they do not require maintenance: painted boards will probably require some form of maintenance. 

The top layer of our boards is mainly PE; As a general rule, the surface tension of the paint surface should be lower than the surface tension of the board. We cannot offer any advice about specific paints, and can only suggest that a test be carried out on a sample beforehand.

Can I clean the boards using industrial cleaners and solvents?

The outer layer of the boards is mainly PE, a type of plastic that is resistant to most industrial cleaners and solvents. We cannot offer any advice about specific chemical compositions, and can only suggest that a test be carried out on a sample beforehand.