Sri Lanka paves first road with plastic waste

Asset group a Colombo-based engineering firm in Sri Lanka have stated, the country has surfaced the first road with asphalt mixed with non-recyclable plastic waste, in a suburb of the capital using an internationally accepted practice.

Asset Group, which has interests in engineering and real estate said a stretch of 500 meters South of Colombo had been paved with an asphalt mixture containing shredded and molten plastic extracted from municipal waste.

Non-recyclable plastic waste is taken from municipal waste shredded and heated with aggregates at 165 degrees centigrade.

Today in Sri Lanka plastic, paper and food waste are separated in households.

The firm said the plastic asphalt mixture not only solves the waste problem but cuts road construction costs and makes the pavements more durable.


Asset Group further stated “Similar waste plastic modified asphalt mixes are successfully applied to road surfacing in countries such as UK, Canada, Netherlands, Philippines, India and Indonesia.

Asset Group believes that it would make a significant impact in the road construction sector, while becoming a catalyst for environmental sustainability in the long run

SOURCE: Economy Next