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Dutch firm proposes recycled plastic road surfaces

12 July 2015

VolkerWessels subsidiary, Dutch road builder KWS Infra is proposing the construction of prefabricated road sections made entirely from recycled plastics.

Artist's impression of PlasticRoad, courtesy of VolkerWessels

The 'PlasticRoad' project will see recycled plastics processed into pre-fabricated road sections, complete with voids and channels for the installation cables, pipelines and drainage systems.

KWS says the precast slabs are suitable for laying directly on sandy soils. They will be more weather- and abrasion-resistant, can be laid down in weeks rather than months, require less maintenance and last up to three times longer than conventionally surfaced roads.

The company is currently looking for development partners, but has already approached the City of Rotterdam, which has shown interest in the laying of an experimental stretch of PlasticRoad.

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