World’s first recycled plastic asphalt paving trialled in Vancouver

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We've already seen recyclable plastics enjoy new lives as stools, clothes and oil. Now the City of Vancouver has created a plastic-based asphalt which it is trialling for paved roads in the Canadian metropolis. The local authority has gathered 'blue box' plastics such as used water bottles, milk cartons and yoghurt pots, which are ground up and turned into a wax-like substance ready to be mixed with asphalt. When the material is warmed, it acts as an adhesive to bind the asphalt together. Although reports state that the plastic – which constitutes one percent of the total asphalt mix –…

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