India’s plastic roads might be paving the way for a better UK environment

Last Updated: March 17, 2021By Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Take a look at this:

That’s right – India has been using its waste plastic to build roads that show no signs of wear and tear after years of use and are cheaper to build than those made of conventional materials.

Why aren’t we doing this in the UK?

In fact, there may be perfectly good reasons not to. I remember when the Wills cigarette factory was built in Hartcliffe, Bristol, it was an ugly block of metal squares – so the firm covered it in a special chemical that was supposed to turn a pleasant green on contact with the atmosphere.

The problem was that the atmosphere on which it had been tested was much drier than the humid south Bristol swamp. The building turned a rusty purple instead, and remained that way until it was knocked down to make way for (guess what?) a shopping centre.

It is entirely possible that an attempt to build plastic roads in the UK may suffer from similar local difficulties. But I have no evidence that any experimentation has been carried out. Wouldn’t it be a good idea at least to try?

Alternatively, this is a potential export market that we may all welcome. If we can’t build durable plastic roads ourselves (or even if we can; I’m sure there’s enough raw material to go around) we can always export our waste plastics to countries that can.

It would solve several problems at once – or so it seems to me.

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  1. Tom Graham March 18, 2021 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    The UK has started to trial the use of plastics see the K4D Report into the use of plastics inroad construction 2019.

  2. disabledgrandad March 18, 2021 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    Impressive maybe they could show the Tory scum how to make roads because in the south-east of the UK they are shocking potholes everywhere.

    We get crap poured concrete roads that wear out in years maybe we should be using waste plastic rather than waste oil in Tarmacadam roads?

    Yes I know it was invented in Scotland but maybe another country has a better way of doing things isn’t it worth a look at least?

  3. Jill March 18, 2021 at 9:02 pm - Reply

    I read about these a while ago but it seems there may be a problem with micro plastics leaching into the soil and then the water courses?

    • Mike Sivier April 2, 2021 at 11:13 am - Reply

      Apparently not!

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