Plastic Roads: Way Out to Resolve Plastic Pollution

By StartUp City | Monday, November 25, 2019

Longer life span, shorter construction and maintenance time, higher noise reductions, financially viable, and more sustainable than the roads built with traditional asphalt, plastics roads have ticked all the boxes, thus kick-starting the idea of PlasticRoad initiative

FREMONT, CA: Isn't it amazing to change the biggest threat to the biggest opportunity? Yes, it can happen and is happening with the biggest polluter of the environment i.e., plastic. Countries are converting the waste into an asphalt mix, which can be used for the construction of roads, car parks, and driveways.

Pollution from consumer plastic is one of the most serious threats the environment is facing, along with causing serious harm to flora and fauna. Even humans are not spared from its effects. Plastics are widely used for packaging, which generates around 145 million tonnes of single-use plastic, every year.

Besides reducing the plastic pollution, the roads built from the asphalt mix have a number of advantages over traditional asphalt. Starting from longer life span, shorter construction and maintenance time, higher noise reductions, financially viable, and more sustainable than the roads built with traditional asphalt, plastics roads have ticked all the boxes, thus kick-starting the idea of PlasticRoad initiative.

Plastic roads have much more to offer than this. They are prefabricated and featured with a hollow space for multipurpose like water storage, transit of cables and pipes, heating roads, generating electricity, etc. It fits perfect to the principals of the circular economy as the plastics can be recycled again and again. It is also estimated that the roads can sustain extreme hot and cold temperatures too.

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The first plastic road was built in Zwolle, west to Amsterdam, which hosts one of the biggest markets in the Netherlands. The 30-meter bike path was started as a pilot test that used asphalt converted from recycled bottles, cups, and packaging, and it became the first official city in the world to have plastic roads.

Not all companies manufacture asphalt in a similar way. Some add a mixture of granulated waste that is used as an additive to asphalt. Some pelletize the waste into small granules and replaces the oil-based bitumen that seals the traditional roads.

There are number of companies that have initiated the projects in partnership with the governments of various countries to help making plastic roads, thus reducing the pollution created by plastics significantly. Many countries have started implementing it, are getting great results.

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