plastics waste is being a lot of problem to manage in many countries and plastic is creating a lot of problems for if waste plastic can be utilized for construction of roads and buildings then it can be a great achievement for both environment protection and plastic recycling.

The new project, called PlasticRoad, was developed by the Dutch construction firm VolkerWessels and uses only recycled materials for the production of road sections, which can be prefabricated. And if you think the idea could only be adopted in colder countries, the company guarantees that the material withstands higher temperatures of up to 80°C.

Among the many benefits of PlasticRoad are requiring less maintenance and having greater durability of up to three times that of asphalt. It’s construction would also be much faster, taking weeks instead of months to be finished.

The city of Rotterdam has already shown interest in the project and offered a kind of laboratory for the PlasticRoad be tested. Jaap Peters, from the city council’s engineering bureau, said: “We’re very positive towards the developments around PlasticRoad. Rotterdam is a city that is open to experiments and innovative adaptations in practice. We have a ‘street lab’ available where innovations like this can be tested.”

“It’s still an idea on paper at the moment,” VolkerWessels’ Rolf Mars told The Guardian. “The next stage is to build it and test it in a laboratory to make sure it’s safe in wet and slippery conditions and so on. We’re looking for partners who want to collaborate on a pilot – as well as manufacturers in the plastics industry, we’re thinking of the recycling sector, universities and other knowledge institutions.”

“Rotterdam is a very innovative city and has embraced the idea,” added Mars. “It fits very well within its sustainability policy and it has said it is keen to work on a pilot.”

Another benefit is that the mentioned roads are hollow, which creates room for power cables and utility pipelines below the surface. Although the idea is still a concept, VolkerWessels expects to finish the first fully paved public road with recycled plastic within three years.


Presently several state governments have also started using this technology. Dimapur in Nagaland has roads made of bitumen polymer (plastic waste). The Himachal Pradesh government has set a target of constructing 150-km long stretch of plastic roads during the current financial year. Last year 42 km of roads were built in the state using this material.

With more than 35 tons of plastic waste generated by every Indian state, each day India is confronted with the big question of how to get rid of this non-biodegradable menace.

Mr. Khan’s company, K.K. Plastic Waste Management has the perfect answer to the question. K.K. Plastic Waste Management turns thousands of tons of waste plastic from India’s technology and IT hub, Bangalore, into roads. They last longer than conventional roads and rid the city of its excess plastic. Plastic waste is collected from garbage bins across the city through a network of municipal workers, rag pickers and their own employees. Then the plastic is shredded into tiny pieces and mixed with asphalt.

The company’s managing director says the idea came to him 10 years ago when various organizations started anti-plastic campaigns, putting their plastic churning factories in danger of being shut down. Khan said they have helped build more than 8,000 miles of roads, and it’s even possible to completely use all the waste plastic in India to build more roads.

A roads expert says the process of mixing plastic waste in road construction serves the dual purpose of getting rid of the plastic and enhancing the performance of the road