Plastic Roads Made with Plastic Waste
The establishment of Plastic roads is one of the emerging revolutions in the construction industry. The only way in which you can reduce your environmental pollution is to utilize non-degradable plastic waste. If the road infrastructure of your country or city is not strong enough, you should ask civil engineers and contractors to inculcate 5-10% plastic in the road’s concrete.
Have you often observed digs and pits in the middle of the road? This poor condition of the road is due to the softening of concrete of bituminous material. You should not even doubt the reliability and quality of the material as there is no problem. Then pondering the point is where the problem is.
Well, the asphalt concrete used in standard roads has large water absorbing capacity. When heavy trucks move on the road flooded with water in a rainy season, the asphalt’s flexibility reduces. As a result, road structures start to be destroyed. But there is no need to reconstruct your roads after every couple of years because roads made of plastic have high water resistance, flexibility, and more weight-bearing ability.
Countries Paving Roads with Plastic Wastes
You will be really amazed to know that the first-ever plastic road was developed by India in 2001. Since then, many countries have started trials on the feasibility of this idea. After many successful trials, many countries are launching new projects for establishing these types of roads.
Along with India, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands have also constructed a few roads to check the difference of evenness, pavement, flexibility, and resistance. So, you should not get worried about the risk as these roads are not only more long-lasting but also are environment-friendly.
How Recycled Plastic Roads can be made?
In addition to asphalt concrete used in the construction of standard roads, 5-10% of crushed plastic waste is added to it. There are 2 ways of manufacturing plastic-waste roads i.e., dry and wet. No matter whether you use a dry or wet process, just make sure to mix incorporated waste plastic thoroughly.
If you are going to experiment with the feasibility of a plastic road yourself, heat the material at 170-degrees Celsius to melt the plastic. The melted form of crushed plastic waste will boost up the durability, strength, and flexibility of your standard road. Moreover, you will get rid of the plastic waste that you dump in landfills or drain in the ocean which, in turn, pollutes your environment.
Which challenges will you face in the initiation of plastic roads?
No doubt the first step is challenging in every new project. Firstly, you should plan a strategy for collecting plastic waste from all over the region. Secondly, there is no firm or contractor working on plastic roads. So, you will have to train the contractors yourself. Moreover, there is a chance of getting encountered by others. But you should be determined as the construction of plastic is a road to the green world.
Benefits of Constructing Plastic Roads
Plastic roads have several benefits but these roads are considered as a solution to two major problems.
Making Your Environment Green by Reducing Plastic Waste
As plastic waste is destroying your environment, it releases harmful chemicals when dumped in a landfill. In oceans, it moves and causes blockage of the drainage. This revolutionized idea of manufacturing plastic roads from plastic waste will help you in getting rid of wastes. It’s better for you to use non-degradable plastic to make eco-friendly roads.
Upscale Your Road’s Quality
Besides reducing plastic waste, the durability of standard roads can be improved. Incorporation of plastic bits will not only make your roads resistant for water absorption but also for increasing road’s strength. You will not see cracks and pits on the road causing hundreds of accidents. The addition of 5-10% plastic in 90% bituminous consisting of asphalt concrete will empower tracks.
Though this project is going to launch in various countries, still it is an economic way of building them like standard roads. So, you should discuss with engineers, contractors, and the EPA (environmental protection agency) of your country to build environmentally-friendly roads.