We all know that plastic is not completely degradable, hence it is extremely important for a large and diverse economy like India to innovate unique and environment-friendly plastic recycling solutions. Fiinovation complaints that India alone generates 15,000 tonnes of plastic waste every year, from which 9000 tonnes is sent for recycling while 6000 tonnes either remains uncollected or disposed in hazardous manner causing severe damages to the environment, wildlife, marine-life and humans.
The research says that every year around 8 million tonnes of plastic waste is dumped into our oceans posing severe threat to life of marine animals as floating plastic bags are often mistaken for jellyfish and is consumed by whales and turtles. Hence, Fiinovation believes that it is a promising solution to use the waste plastic for constructing roads. The move will not only act as an impetus to curb the mounting crisis of plastic contamination but it will also decrease the road fatigue and improves their durability and quality, as the roads constructed through plastic waste mixing will be more weather resistant in comparison to the roads constructed through normal charcoal mixture.
In an applauding initiative to lessen the increasing burden of waste generated through plastic usage, the Kerala Government has come up with a unique solution of constructing roads through the plastic waste. Clean Kerala Company, an organization specialized in statewide waste management initiatives is hired to collect plastic bags and other plastic products from households and public spaces. The company is specialized in waste management, e-waste recycling, and organizing waste collection drives across the city. Every local body has received directions from the state government
for using plastic in at least 10% of the roads laid in the areas under their jurisdiction.
Fiinovation also reviews that in another exemplary initiative in Jamshedpur, plastic roads by Jamshedpur Utility and Services Company (JUSCO) have also set benchmarks for other cities to follow. A 100 per cent subsidiary company of Tata Steel, JUSCO has constructed the roads stretched 12-15 kms long road besides widening 22 roads using the environment-friendly technology of utilizing waste plastic.
The most promising feature of the technology is that it is patented by Thiagarajar College of Engineering (TCE), Madurai and has been implemented for the first time in India. Other benefits include no maintenance cost for five years, cost saving, eco-friendly, improved binding property, no toxic gas emission, and high quality of the roads.
Deriving inspiration from the models created by the Kerala Government and Jusco, states like Chattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Jharkhand have also planned to implement the technology for building the road infrastructure in their states.