Dutch City have announced their plans to swap asphalt with plastic for their roads

Dutch City have announced their plans to swap asphalt with plastic for their roadsRotterdam, a City in the Netherlands, could be the first City in the World to have roads made completely from plastic.

Last week saw the construction firm VolkerWessels release their plans for road surfaces to be constructed entirely from recycled plastic – a greener alternative to the traditional material asphalt.

This latest report is a welcomed change for many as it is believed that asphalt is responsible for 1.6 million tons of global carbon dioxide emissions a year and also increases all road transport emissions by 2 per cent.

Benefits

There is a long list of positive aspects surrounding the installation. The new road material could decrease the time it takes to lay the surface – according to the construction company it could take as little as a few weeks rather than months.

‘Plastic offers all kinds of advantages compared to current road construction, both in laying the roads and maintenance.’ Explains Rolf Mars, Director at VolkerWessel.

VolkerWessels also claim that the plastic roads will have a greater life span than the traditional roads we have now and that they will be able to obtain a greater amount of heat than the current road surface.

Their plans also state that sections of the road will be pre-made in a factory and then transported to the construction site – resulting in shorter work time, fewer road works and lower maintenance.
Will plastic streets provide easier access to drains and other services?

It is reported that the new innovation will result in lower maintenance time and costs – should the drains or pipework need looking at under the road, the new material would mean it would be easier for drainage companies to access them.

‘It’s still an idea on paper at the moment; the next stage is to build it and test it in a laboratory.’ He continued.

‘Rotterdam is a very innovative city and has embraced the idea. It fits very well within its sustainability policy and it has said it is keen to work on a pilot.’

Although the plans are currently only a concept idea, Rotterdam has given the idea its backing and the company aims to lay the first fully recyclable road within the next three years.