VolkerWessels a road construction company in the Netherlands is looking to build its first recycled plastic road. Yes, they are building a road made completely of 100% recycled plastic instead of the typical concrete or asphalt roads that are being built today.
Why a plastic road? Well, it’s made from 100% recycled plastic bottles, the plastic roads can be built in less than half the time of asphalt roads and they can also last nearly three times longer. Now before you say, couldn’t they just melt away? The plastic roads being prototyped can withstand temperatures between -40 and 176 degrees Fahrenheit.
Another great feature of the plastic road ways is the ability to house cables, pipes, and other useful infrastructure beneath the road in its hollow cavity. Could this soon to be built concept find its way soon under a car near you?
While the whole idea sounds plausible I think if this idea ever caught on, we would soon run out of recycled plastic material to utilize which would then turn us back to oil for creating plastic (not recycled) for repairs and future new roads to be built.
More information can be read at VolerWessels.