In an effort to effectively utilise single-use plastic waste, the Indian Oil Research and Development Centre has constructed a 0.85 km of road with different concentrations of plastic waste at Faridabad.

Around 16 million tonnes of waste plastic from single-use carry bags and packaging film waste were used for the construction. The road laid out has the maximum percentage of waste plastic used for paving bituminous roads in India.

According to the R&D Centre, waste plastic roads have advantages of higher strength, increased durability, lesser rainwater seepage and lesser potholes.

“While there have been previous efforts, the concentration of plastic was only 0.8 percent. The bituminous road laid by Indian Oil has a concentration of up to 3 percent of single-use plastic,” said Dr SSV Ramakumar, Director, R&D Centre, Indian Oil.

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