- R Vasudevan has been said to be the man who discovered the use of plastics for road building
- The PhD holder reportedly thought outside of the box and used tar with plastics to reduce the use of bitumen
- The plastic method has been hailed for producing durable and smooth roads that can take heavy use
R Vasudevan has been reported as the first man to discover the use of plastic technology to build roads, a discovery that the world has started adopting.
One great thing about reusing plastics for road construction is that it serves as a very good way to recycle them and save the environment.
India Times reports that Vasudevan had his masters in science from Madras University before he proceeded to get his PhD in 1974. With the use of regular tar mixed with plastics, he reduces the use of bitumen.
A very special thing about this kind of road construction is that the method produces smooth pavements.
With the plastics road construction, built roads do not go into easy degradation and become potholes-riddled.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that 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.
In August 2019, 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, in the suburbs of Durban, using asphalt that is mainly from 40,000 two-litre plastic milk bottles.
In constructing the roads, thick plastics were used as a local plant made them into pellets at the heating rate of 190 degrees Celsius.
In other news, Legit.ng had reported how a team of South Sudanese teenagers built a robot to help reduce plastic waste in the world.
They built a robot that can rid waters of plastic wastes and other pollutants. The creation was showcased at the First Global Challenge held in Dubai.
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Richard Ring, the team mentor, said the robot was built to help clean up the Nile.
James Madut, one of the teenagers, said that youth should be focused on how they could work together to better their communities.
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