A UK based company named MacRebur discovered a fantastic way to reduce pollution that is caused by plastic.
It’s almost unbelievable that they came up with his idea to turn plastic waste into roads. Yes, you heard, right, plastic into streets!
This idea of making roads out of plastic waste is eco-friendly and lasts for a longer period of time. These roads are solid. The CEO, Toby McCartney, got this brilliant idea when he was doing social work in India. The charity he worked with helped pickers in landfill sites.
Some of the plastic collected and melted into potholes’ fillers. This technology ensures that the timespan of the regular asphalt material will be extended when it is mixed with the plastic waste that the company produces. It will help to reduce the amount of fossil fuel used during the process.
They take the plastic waste and granulate it. Then it is added to the asphalt concrete formula when making roads. Only plastic labeled as waste can be used for this purpose. It is because the plastic used will be melted at a particular temperature in order to make asphalt.
Building these types of roads are cheap, given the fact that they only require waste that has no value whatsoever. Roads made with plastic waste are way flexible than regular roads. Due to enhanced asphalt, these roads are 60% stronger and lasts three times longer.
They aren’t affected much by weather damage, and these roads reduce the appearance of cracks and potholes, as well as car parks, motorways, race tracks, and airport runaways.
These innovations can save the world from pollution and help achieve a sustainable, pollution-free planet.
What plastics are used in making roads and pavements?
Poly-ethylene, polystyrene, polypropylene are plastic that can be used. Plastic waste is shredded and coated over the aggregate and then mixed with hot bitumen. The mixture is used for pavement construction, as it strengthens the pavement and increases its durability.
Countries such as Australia, Indonesia, India, the United Kingdom, the United States, and many others have used technology, including plastic waste, into an asphalt mix.
However, it has been said that plastic roads could end up being more expensive as plastic threatens the health of our planet by filtering harmful chemicals over time.
People are growing increasingly conscious of daily plastic use and its impact on our planet.
The major problem with plastic roads is the stock of plastic that is required to construct them.
Maraimalai Nagar, a town in India, adopted the idea of creating plastic roads to use excess plastic. The problem was they struggled to find the human resources to collect enough plastic.
The town then offered its residents a four-gram gold coin to collect 500 kilograms of single-use plastics with a thickness of fewer than 40 microns. Ironically,
Maraimalai Nagar had to reject the plan a year later since they did not generate enough plastic to keep up with production.
The plan was flawed since the town was motivating the locals to keep producing the single-use plastic that they were initially trying to eliminate.
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