In India, recycled plastic is used for road construction. Only in 2017, 100 thousand km of roadbed was laid out of plastic waste in the country.
Many Indian states are taking part in the project. In Kerala, local fishermen have become the most active participants in the program. Plastic waste has long been a prominent part of their catches, and the creation of a plastic recycling center on the staff was an excellent solution for the disposal of ocean debris.
For fishermen, such a center is an opportunity for additional income. Since the beginning of 2018, 5,000 project participants have placed over 65 tons of plastic waste in the center.
In the center, the plastic is crushed and melted at a temperature of about 170 ° C. Hot bitumen is added to the substance, and the resulting substance is laid as asphalt.
Plastic processing is one of the most urgent problems of the planet. A possible breakthrough in the fight against plastic pollution — the discovery of an enzyme that can digest plastic — was made by a team of scientists from the UK and the USA in April 2018.