Plastic Roads are Paving the Way for the Future - Literally!

Posted by Ali Tamoor on

Where does plastic go after it is recycled? There are a lot of answers to that question, but a new one has emerged that could be a game-changer. Scientists and regulators are seeing roads and highways as a great place to reutilize plastic waste in a cost-effective and environmentally friendly way.



Pilot programs are underway in several states across the US, and the results have been very promising. By using plastic waste, such as printer cartridges, water bottles and plastic bags, in asphalt road mixtures, fewer of those plastics end up in landfills. Or worse, the ocean! Not only does this innovative solution provide a use for wasted plastic, it meets the performance and durability requirements of the roads, and has produced no microplastic pollutant runoffs.

Since the results have been so impressive, the program is being expanded in many states. These roads are literally paving the way for the future!

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