A road of a recycled plastic kind is set to go on trial in Downtown Los Angeles by the end of this year.
A portion of the street near the corner of West First Street and North Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles will become the test site for what may soon become the city’s new asphalt.
Product designers Technisoil will transform shredded recycled plastic back into an oil, which will then become the binder in an otherwise traditional method of street pavement. According to the City of Los Angeles’ Department of Street Services, the application of plastic asphalt could reduce material costs by 25%, and its high level of durability would significantly reduce maintenance costs over time.
Keith Mozee, assistant director at the City of Los Angeles’ Department of Street Services, said: “This is an exciting technology and a sustainable technology. And it’s something that we believe going forward could be game-changing if we deploy on a large scale.”
The proposal to replace Los Angeles’ roads with plastic asphalt follows China’s move to stop accepting the city’s waste. With the city’s landfills full, the Department of Street Services is hoping to put much of their waste to good use. If the plastic road in the city is successful, it will be a model that other cities across the US can implement too, which will in turn mitigate plastic pollution and help to improve the vast network of roads that have yet to be repaired or updated.
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