Radio Islam International - 2019/03/07
One of the world’s largest chemical companies is working to reduce their environmental impact by turning plastic waste into roads – and they have already diverted over 220,000 pounds of plastic from ending up in landfills.
Dow Chemical began their recycling efforts in 2017 when they launched several pilot programs to test the plastic roads in India and Indonesia.
In addition to the roads lasting longer, they were also estimated to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 tons. Now that the roads have proved successful, the company has started laying plastic roads in the US.
Dow’s global sustainability leader, Jeff Wooster says the company is focused on using projects like this one to increase awareness that plastic roads are a viable option.
“Companies do not make plastics with the intent of it ending up in the ocean, and we acknowledge the strong role the industry must play in order to help eliminate ocean plastic waste by 2035.”
Collectively, Dow has now laid more than 26 miles of recycled plastic pavement around the world, which has saved about 100 tonnes of waste from going to a landfill.