The next time you drive on the roads of Maharashtra, you could be driving on a road which was built using the plastic waste that you dumped out into the dustbin.
The Maharashtra Government has approved plans to build roads which will use plastic waste along with Bitumen and Tar as one of its components.
Adding a low amount of plastic to the usual bitumen and tar helps improve the durability and longevity of the asphalt roads.
For every 100 kilograms of tar used to build asphalt roads in Maharashtra, 3-6 kilograms of plastic will be added in it. Materials like plastic carry bags, sacks, milk pouches, bin linings, cosmetic and detergent bottles, water bottles and household articles will be used as part of the mix.
A Public Works Department officer speaking about the issue said, "The Centre in its recommendations has stated that using plastic waste along with tar to build roads improves the quality. It also helps reduce soil pollution caused by plastic. Thus, the state government has decided to include plastic waste along with tar while building roads."