We’ve written in the past about a new paving process that involved recycled toilet paper from wastewater management facilities. It seems that’s not the only new process in the world of road paving these days. In India, plastic waste has been combined with bitumen to create paved roads.
Cost-Effective, Lasting Roads
It seems virtually every country is trying to decide how to handle non-biodegradable plastic waste, but the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation has one of the best methods. They’re reprocessing plastic waste and using other non-biodegradable waste sources combined with bitumen to build stronger, longer lasting roads. Over the course of 2017, they used the process to lay 16 different roads, and they intend to continue using the process in the future. The roads withstand heavier loads, heavy rains, and generally do not need to be maintained as much as those roads that employed traditional asphalt.
A Komax Connection
We’re excited to see technology like this develop. We not only work with oil sands companies each day to help process the bitumen needed for projects like this, but we’re also working with plastics processing companies to develop a variety of recycling methods that will only enhance ideas like this one.
Our commitment to the environment is extensive, and projects like this one only show just how far we can go if we continue to deploy innovations to every sector and use the most available resources to make them happen.