Who is making the best use of plastic wastes?
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But the Indian government is making the best use of plastic wastes by making plastic roads from it. Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna, started on 25 December 2000, and fully funded by the central government is meant to build roads in different rural areas and they are now making plastic roads and thus utilizing the tonnes of plastic wastes generated all over the India.
These roads are not entirely made from plastic wastes. Bitumen is the major road making component. Approximately 10 tonnes of bitumen is required to build a one-kilometer single lane road. But the Indian government utilizes only 9 tonnes of bitumen and plastic waste is used for the rest of the 1 tonne. 10 lac carry bags wastes are being utilized to make 1 tonne of plastic waste and that is the real thing.
The concept of mixing plastic waste material in the road construction was actually developed by a Madurai based Indian scientist > Rajagopalan Vasudevan who was also awarded the Padma Shri for his this achievement. He is known as the plastic man of India. In his experiments, he found that the bond between bitumen and plastic waste can give more strength to the roads.
Here is a nice report of plastic roads all over India which are under construction or already finished. This report was released by the authorities from Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna. You can also see this report on Rajagopalan Vasudevan's official website (link mentioned above on his name). If you want to know about the process of making the plastic roads adopted by R. Vasudevan then you can watch this youtube video.
There are also many benefits of plastic roads. Plastic roads can withstand more load than regular roads and these are also water resistant. Since it may take more than 1000 years for the plastic to decompose it is good to be used in roads which need to exist for hundreds of years. Roads become more compact and life also increases by the use of plastic waste.
Maintenance costs are also reduced due to the durability of the plastic roads. So it is really a great way to utilize plastic waste. Thanks to the scientist Rajagopalan Vasudevan who invented this concept. He also patented this technology but later given it to the Indian government free of cost.
There are more than 11 states in India where the plastic roads are being laid such as Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerela, Goa, Maharashtra, AP, Delhi, MP, Himachal Pradesh etc. But all are carried out under the supervision of Rajagopalan Vasudevan.
If you are a plastic waste seller in bulk you should contact the Indian government to sell them as they need it for road construction.
Written by: Rajesh Bihani who is the webmaster of this website. Know more about Rajesh Bihani)