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Interesting: A New Kind of Asphalt Road Has Appeared; this Company Makes It From Plastic Bottles and Can Last 10 Times Longer

Aiming at reducing the negative impact of plastic pollution on our planet, a company from the UK called MacRebur came up with a groundbreaking solution: turning plastic waste into roads. Not only is this idea very environmentally-friendly, but it also produces roads that are stronger and last longer than regular asphalt roads.

At Bright Side, we are always on the lookout for brilliant solutions that can help us recycle, reduce, and reuse our resources, so we are thrilled to tell you all about this innovative idea.

A New Kind of Asphalt Road Has Appeared. It’s Made From Plastic Bottles and Can Last 10 Times Longer

This idea started literally in the trash.

The idea was born when CEO Toby McCartney was working with a charity in Southern India that helped people who worked at landfill sites as pickers. A part of the plastic collected was melted into potholes to create fillers.

A New Kind of Asphalt Road Has Appeared. It’s Made From Plastic Bottles and Can Last 10 Times Longer

With this technology, the lifecycle of a commonly used material contained in regular asphalt can be extended with the plastic waste mix that the company makes. It also reduces the amount of fossil fuel used in the process, which is great for the environment.

A New Kind of Asphalt Road Has Appeared. It’s Made From Plastic Bottles and Can Last 10 Times Longer

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A New Kind of Asphalt Road Has Appeared. It’s Made From Plastic Bottles and Can Last 10 Times Longer

A New Kind of Asphalt Road Has Appeared. It’s Made From Plastic Bottles and Can Last 10 Times Longer

A simple concept with astounding results

Basically, what they do is take a blend of plastic waste, granulate it, and add it into the asphalt concrete formula that is used to make roads.

A New Kind of Asphalt Road Has Appeared. It’s Made From Plastic Bottles and Can Last 10 Times Longer

Not every type of plastic can be used for this. It has to be labeled as waste, so no new or recycled plastic. Because making asphalt requires heat, all the plastic used needs to melt at a specific temperature.

Even though some of the plastic materials don’t make the cut, most of it does, including black plastic, which is very difficult to recycle. The roads built with this technique are also cheaper because they use waste that has no value or would cost the city money to ship to a landfill.

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