PlasticRoad has received a great deal of press attention over the past few months. Made from 100% recycled plastic, this innovative road surface looks set to provide a greener alternative to asphalt.
According to the VolkerWessels, the Dutch construction company developing PlasticRoad, the new road surfacing system could last three times as long as asphalt and withstand extremes of temperature between -40C and 80C.
PlasticRoad comes in the form of pre-fabricated blocks that fit together like Lego. Pipes and cables can be safely housed within the hollow blocks, allowing easy access for servicing and maintenance.
Overall, the PlasticRoad modular design system could reduce construction times for road building projects from months to weeks.
Ultimately, the aim is for PlasticRoad to be fabricated from recycled plastic bottles collected from maritime waste retrieval projects such as The Ocean Clean Up project, which we featured in our sustainable design series.
If the research and development phase goes to plan, the new PlasticRoad could be rolled out as a pilot in Rotterdam in around three years’ time.
For full details of PlasticRoad, visit the VolkerWessels website >
Photo credits: VolkerWessels
PlasticRoad features in the March edition of Rhine Capital Partners client reporting.
- On 25th March 2016