Can plastic roads help save the planet? BBC News



Engineer Toby McCartney explains how his Scottish start-up MacRebur is persuading councils to use local waste plastic to build roads. Two English councils …

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  1. Wouldnt the friction agains the road cause it to produce microplastics which would then be runoff into water bodies and soil? Can this stand high pressures of weight and temperature?

  2. Reporter deliberately ignored the fact that, this technology was invented by an Indian scientist. His invention is patented and he gave Indian Government permission to use his invention free of charge. India already build thousands of miles of road using this technique, this plastic road has 10 years of life shelf, ie: it won't need repair in a 10 years lifespan. By the way, Indian first plastic road was built in 2002.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7q3r-qfOc_E

  3. Over time the plastic from the road will wear down into microplastic and enter our water systems and soils. Not a good solution. We need to figure out how to get microplastics out of our waterways. We need to get plastic out of the environment.

  4. I don't understand how everybody likes this idea. Already when driving over used asphalt the roads loose moneculs of the material just as the wheels of the car. With those plastic roads he would basically just give it a chance to become faster micro-plastic. There should be better ways how to deal with plastic instead of polluting the earth even more. A way the plastic isn't spread into the world in mini moleculs

  5. It stinks in here…………. smells like bull shit

    Plastic breaks down in sunlight. Also it will be very quickly be ground away from the friction between the road, the tires of cars, and the dirt that ends up on the road,and lastly these small flakes of plastic that break off the road will just end up in the environment again. As well as the fact that the road surface is only a small portion of the road,so the plastic used will not really affect the impact roads. Once again bull shit online

  6. A question to that: If thousands of cars are driving on the plastic street and there is much of rain – isn't there a lot of microplastic that comes into the ground water?

  7. Sounds like a great idea especially due to the fact it is longer lasting. The only issue I see is that fact that oil is used to make plastic and to replace all of the roadways with plastic would easily use all of the plastic waste and more. Meaning oil companies would end up being the ones that build the roads. Not only will they get richer from that idea but they’ll need more oil to make the roads rather than just 10%.

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