Re­cy­cled Plas­tic Roads on the Way

Reader's Digest Asia Pacific - - Wellbeing - COM­PILED BY KATHY BUCHANAN AND JAMES HADLEY

Aus­tralia is tak­ing on board a clever way to deal with waste. Trial roads are be­ing built par­tially made from re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als. The first Plastiphalt road in Syd­ney’s south was com­pleted in Au­gust and cov­ers a 250-me­tre stretch of high­way. Com­bined with asphalt, the road was cre­ated us­ing 176,000 plas­tic bags, 55,440 glass bot­tles and toner from al­most 4000 prin­ter car­tridges.

With 35 per cent of the 250 tonnes of asphalt cre­ated with re­cy­cled ma­te­rial, it is a great step for­ward to help­ing find a sus­tain­able, long-term use for re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als. These kinds of roads are ex­pected to last longer and be able to han­dle heavy traf­fic.

With other projects al­ready com­pleted in Mel­bourne, and coun­tries such as the UK and In­dia, this is an ex­cit­ing de­vel­op­ment for the fu­ture of road con­struc­tion.

“I’LL HAVE TO TAKE BET­TER CARE OF MY CAM­ERA IN FU­TURE” Wil­liam Ether­ton, ten, who was re­united with his cam­era af­ter it van­ished on a Bri­tish beach and was found four months later, still work­ing, on a Ger­man is­land 560 kilo­me­tres away.

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