Land filling of plastics into properly designed disposal sites takes up valuable room in the site for a non-toxic, non-leachable, non-decomposable material. Whether plastic is a menace or not depends how we use it and how we dispose of it minimizing the impacts on the environment.
Jamshedpur Utilities and Services Company (JUSCO) decided to do something about this, innovatively – i.e. reuse plastic and leverage technology to find a permanent solution to this growing non-biodegradable waste issue – by building Plastic Tar Roads.
Imagine having roads that do not get pot-holes, do not soak water, are cheaper to build, eco-friendly and last for 5-10 years without maintenance? This is exactly what has been achieved by the JUSCO team with the support of Dr. Vasudevan and his patented technology to reutilise waste plastic to build these roads – “Roads constructed with one-part plastic wastes to nine parts of bitumen or tar have double eco-benefits – reuse of hazardous plastic, which could have otherwise clogged drains, caused flooding or ended up in landfills and incinerators. And a longer-lasting, low maintenance, recyclable, water resistant road that uses less tar – which itself is a petroleum product”, he says.