We bring together entrepreneurs, governmental and civil authorities, charities and facilitating and funding organizations to convert discarded plastic into “plastic roads.” We work with these stakeholders for the benefit of these stakeholders. The technology to create “plastic roads” involves replacing a small percentage of the bitumen in the asphalt mix with plastic otherwise destined for landfills. In India, where the first plastic road was built in 2002, major floods, recurring heat waves and a steady stream of cars and trucks have proved the durability of these roads. In Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Indonesia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Slovakia, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States, roads, driveways and car parks have been or are being built using this technology. Tentative conclusions, drawn from sources all over the World Wide Web, are:
- Plastic in these roads does not leach into the environment.
- A significant amount of plastic can be removed from the waste stream.
- Significant carbon savings can be achieved.
- Small amounts of contamination are usually not a problem.
- Plastic roads in Oregon will be more resistant to cracking and deformation than our conventional roads at similar sites and they will last longer.
- These roads will provide good traction for drivers.
- Cost savings can be realized both initially and in maintenance.
A business that builds or maintains roads can benefit from the good public relations resulting from resolving at least some of the plastic problem.