Plastic waste used in laying roads in Bengal

By Satnam Singh
Correspondent

Published: October 25, 2012 6:00 am ET

Related to this story

Topics Sustainability, Construction

CALCUTTA, INDIA (Oct. 25, 10 a.m. ET) — The Indian Centre for Plastics in the Environment (ICPE) has been promoting the use of plastic waste to construct asphalt roads.

A few trial roads have been paved successfully by combining waste plastic with bitumen.

“It has been decided by the local municipalities where demo roads were constructed, after observing their performance in the monsoon, that all municipality roads would be built using the waste plastic in the future,” said Sourabh Khemani, co-chairman of Indplas’12, held Oct. 5-8 in Calcutta.

“Soon the use of waste plastic will be added in the States Public Works Department list, so that all new tenders for road-laying in [Calcutta] would add the use of waste plastic,” he added.

So far, trial roads made by using plastics have remained intact after the rainy season and are saving money. About 8-15 percent of the bitumen normally used is replaced with waste plastic from thin polyethylene and polypropylene carryout bags that are not regularly recycled and are considered low-end waste.

The Calcutta-based Indian Plastics Federation also has been involved in the project.


Comments

Plastic waste used in laying roads in Bengal

By Satnam Singh
Correspondent

Published: October 25, 2012 6:00 am ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

P&G adding label to help guide consumers in recycling

March 2, 2015 3:29 pm ET

Procter & Gamble Co. will help prompt consumers to recycle rigid packaging by joining the Sustainable Packaging Coalition's How2Recycle Label program.    More

Image

Toyota says Mirai fuel cell sedan represents a 'new start' for the carmaker

March 2, 2015 11:55 am ET

Toyota Motor Corp.'s most advanced vehicle, a car that runs on hydrogen and emits only water, has had an ironically low-tech birth and has an equally ...    More

Image

Ukrainian crises eats into plans for building materials firm Masterplast

March 2, 2015 10:03 am ET

Hungarian building materials manufacturer Masterplast Nyrt. saw its earnings fall in 2014 after the worsening Ukraine crisis forced it to write off...    More

Image

Recycling trade group growing in size, resources

February 27, 2015 4:50 pm ET

DALLAS — The executive director of the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers is partial to calling his group the little engine that...    More

Image

Silicone baby teether company working with Massachusetts recycler

February 26, 2015 1:14 pm ET

A recycling company and a startup will try to keep silicone baby products out of landfill.    More

Market Reports

Flexible Packaging Trends in North America

North America represents about 30 percent of the global consumption of flexible packaging. Annual growth in this region is forecast at 4 percent during the next 5 years.

For more insight on growth opportunities, drivers of growth and the outlook for 2015, download this report.

Learn more

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Plastics in Mexico - State of the Industry Report

This report analyzes the $20 billion plastics industry in Mexico including sales of machinery & equipment, resins and finished products.

Our analysts provide insight on business trends, foreign investment, top end markets and plastics processing activity. The report also provides important data on exports, production, employment and value of plastics products manufactured.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

More Events