- Recycled milk bottles are used in South Africa to pave roads and repair potholes in a new way of combating waste
- Shisalanga Construction company is at the forefront of the innovation as it sources for plastic materials from landfills
- According to the outfit, it said that though it is not a cost-saving technique, the results have been very phenomenal
Innovations are endless as they keep growing with deep human imaginations. The ability of humans to think of newer ways to solve old problems will help really help the human race.
According to CNN, the above is already happening in South Africa where plastic milk bottles are being used to pave roads in the bid to help the country improve its waste management system.
It should be noted that bad roads in the country is said to cost road users huge sum of $3.4 billion annually in vehicle repairs, damaged goods and injuries.
In August this year, a company called Shisalanga Construction became creative and used plastic bottles to pave a section of a road in KwaZulu-Natal province on the east coast.
Since then, it has done more 400 meters of another road in Cliffdale, at the suburbs of Durban, using asphalt that is mainly from 40,000 two-litre plastic milk bootles.
In constructing the roads, Shisalanga, thick plastics were used as a local plant made them into pellets at the heating rate of 190 degrees Celsius. After that, they were melted and milked with additives.
Though for now, there is no cost difference between the traditional way of building roads and the new one, the company hopes that it could become more cost saving in the future.
However, one thing is clear, the results according to the company’s general manager is “spectacular” as the “the performance is phenomenal”.
What made recycling in South Africa different from other places in Europe, is that it is not collected from homes, but sourced from landfill.
The company added that with the development, it is creating another source of revenue in plastic recycling.
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