The First Road That Is Built From… SCRAP Plastic!

Now all the scrap unused plastic can be transformed in something extraordinary who might help achieve more efficient and fast paving roads in the near future. Plastic waste is a long and controversial problem in our modern world and so many plastic waste end up in the oceans and in nature. This plastic can be used to make something good, to last longer and be more easy to handle than concrete. That maintenance and traffic disruption are things of the past. And that cable and piping problems as well as the urban water problem are solved overnight.This may sound like a scenario in the distant future, but nothing could be further from the truth. KWS, a VolkerWessels company, Wavin and Total are working on the development of plastic roads, also known as the PlasticRoad. Every component of the PlasticRoad is being designed to make its application completely circular, with the goal of using recycled plastic as much as possible. The pre fabricated units will be easy to transport, assemble and maintain, and the lighter weight means the ground will be less prone to subsidence. The objective is to create a road with a smaller ecological footprint than traditional road systems. The PlasticRoad design features a ‘hollow’ space that can be used for running cables and pipes and channeling rainwater and is a lightweight design, which can be laid quickly and it is claimed it is virtually maintenance free, with three times the expected lifespan.