The use of plastic and related materials is increasing exponentially due to tremendous growth in population, urbanization and changed life style leads to widespread littering of plastic on the landscape. Disposal of waste plastic is a serious problem globally due to their non-biodegradability and hazardous to human health, since these are not disposed scientifically and thus, create ground and water pollution. If this curse to mankind in the form of waste plastic is used as a boon for mankind by using it as additives in road construction, it will prove to be the best solution over worst road condition. This report describes various techniques that has been developed to use plastic waste for construction of bituminous roads and flexible pavements. In general bitumen is used as binder in road construction. Binding properties of this bitumen can be modified by blending it with waste plastic pieces. It can be used for construction purpose. Waste plastic coated road aggregates can improve road strength. This modified bitumen mix and aggregates show better binding property, stability, density and more resistant to water thus increasing durability of roads with increased resistance to wear and tear of road. The report focuses on the replicability of plastic roads in Madhya Pradesh and its economical and environmental advantages over regular bitumen roads.
Reference: Saroha, Palash (2022). Replicability of Plastic Roads in Madhya Pradesh Palash Saroha. In Malhotra R. (Eds.), Blooming India: Strengthening Social Policies (pp. 176-202). Walnut Publication. ISBN 978-935574174-5