"So far, 12 countries have built roads out of plastic instead of asphalt,
helping both the global plastic pollution problem and climate change.
First appearing in India two decades ago, plastic roads are being tested and
built in more and more countries as the world’s plastic pollution problem
becomes more acutely felt. India has installed over 60,000 miles of these
roads. The technology, meanwhile, is gaining ground in Britain, Europe, and
Asia. Several countries — South Africa, Vietnam, Mexico, the Philippines, and
the United States, among them — have built their first plastic roads only
recently, reports Yale Environment 360.
Many studies have concluded that using plastic waste for our roads performs as
well or possibly even better than traditional roads.
As Yale environment 360 journalist Ann Parson reports, they can last longer,
are stronger and more durable in respect to loads and rutting, can tolerate
wide temperature swings, and are more resistant to water damage, cracking, and
potholes. The technology also has the potential to reclaim anywhere from a
small to a sizeable amount of plastics from landfills and random dumping,
researchers are finding, while providing a significant amount for road paving
and repair. In a small nation like Ghana, where only 23 percent of roads are
presently paved, waste plastic could go a long way.
This process is also a cheaper alternative than traditional asphalt, according
to Global Citizen."
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