05 mar 2021

NO SIGNS OF POTHOLES THANKS TO PLASTIC ROADS

Plastic roads fix the problem of potholes. Take India, for example. If you go from New Delhi to Meerut, you can travel a road that was laid using a system developed by Rajagopalan Vasudevan, a professor of chemistry at the Thiagarajar College of Engineering in India. It has replaced 10% of a road's bitumen with repurposed plastic waste.

PLASTIC ROADS IMPROVE SURFACE FLEXIBILITY

As the BBC says, "adding plastic to roads appears to slow their deterioration and minimise potholes. The plastic content improves the surface's flexibility, and after 10 years Vasudevan's earliest plastic roads showed no signs of potholes".

PLASTIC WASTE HAS BEEN USED IN ROAD CONSTRUCTION SINCE 2015

In 2015, the Indian government made it mandatory for plastic waste to be used in constructing roads near large cities of more than 500,000 people. This happened after Vasudevan gave his patent to the government for free. "A single lane of ordinary road requires 10 tonnes of bitumen per kilometre, and with India laying thousands of kilometres of roads a year, the potential to put plastic waste to use quickly adds up. So far, 2,500km (1,560 miles) of these plastic-tar roads have been laid in the country", the BBC concluded.

WITH THE COUNTER AT 1 MILLION CYCLISTS, THE PLASTIC ROAD IS READY FOR MARKET

If we move from India to Europe, we must speak about the world's first plastic bike path. It was built from recycled plastic waste in the Netherlands and recorded its millionth cyclist in late May 2020. After more than one and a half years of testing, learning and continued development into a design suited for industrial production, the technology is ready to be launched on the market. "Industrial manufacture of the PlasticRoad will start in the first quarter of 2021", annouced the company. Plastic roads are really good for everybody.



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