Enfield Council, an authority for the north London borough of Enfield, is planning to pave all of its roads with recycled plastic bottles. The idea is part of the borough’s efforts to reduce plastic waste and fight plastic pollution by giving a second life to the bottles that would otherwise end up in a landfill.
Although it may seem like an unlikely material at first, the mixture produced out of recycled plastic bottles is an innovative substitute for tarmac consisting of asphalt and plastic. According to the council, the special mixture is more durable than standard tarmac, Newshub reports. It could even reduce the number of potholes in the future roads.
Enfield is the first London council to use the product, which has the potential to be revolutionary. After one road, a busy bus route, was successfully resurfaced, the council’s plans received funding from Transport for London, a local government body responsible for the transport system in Greater London. Daniel Anderson, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, said that they are “delighted” with their first efforts at the innovative paving and hope to use the plastic mixture on more of the borough’s roads in the future.
“We all know that plastics can have a devastating impact on the environment, particularly when the product reaches our seas and oceans,” Anderson said in a statement. “We all have a responsibility to step up our efforts to help the environment by recycling more, upcycling and responsibly sourcing materials.”
Further paving using the pioneering environmentally-friendly plastic mixture is anticipated to start within the next month.
Reclaiming and reusing plastic that has been disposed of is a vital part of the fight with plastic pollution – and especially so when it is undertaken on a very large scale. The project to pave roads with throwaway plastic bottles can potentially keep tons of non-biodegradable plastic waste out of the landfills and the oceans – if the idea catches on and is allowed to develop, which is hopefully exactly what is in store for the innovative product.
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