Plastic bottles and bags recycled to build roads
According to a recent Sky News report, new technology involving thrown away plastic can really keep the wheels of our economy rolling.
Here are just some of the key out-takes:
The process turns plastic bottles and bags into plastic pellets, melting them down to create a glue.
- Asphalt or bitumen, the glue that holds our roads together, is a fossil fuel.
- The new process allows plastic pellets to make up 0.5% of asphalt, reducing the reliance on fossil fuel and therefore helping the environment.
- The use of plastic pellets makes the asphalt stronger and last longer, thus reducing maintenance costs.
- Less maintenance equals fewer roadworks, therefore literally helping to keep the UK's economy moving.
- Less landfill equals budget savings for Councils.
With already a number of councils testing plastic roads, this is a significant leap forward in making the UK a truly circular economy.
For the full report, click here