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Plastic fantastic for new roads

Plastic fantastic for new roads

THAILAND: The Department of Highways, Department of Rural Roads, SCG, Dow Thailand Group, and Chiang Mai University have announced a partnership to explore and develop the use of plastic waste in road construction.

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By Bangkok Post

Thursday 8 October 2020, 08:31AM


Executives stand united in their partnership to explore and develop the use of plastic waste in asphalt for road construction. From left, Chatchai Luanpolcharoenchai, president of Dow Thailand Group; Niwes Nantachit, president of Chiang Mai University; Sarawut Songsivilai, director-general of the Department of Highways; Pathom Chaloeywares, director-general of the Department of Rural Roads; and Roongrote Rangsiyopash, president and CEO of SCG.

Executives stand united in their partnership to explore and develop the use of plastic waste in asphalt for road construction. From left, Chatchai Luanpolcharoenchai, president of Dow Thailand Group; Niwes Nantachit, president of Chiang Mai University; Sarawut Songsivilai, director-general of the Department of Highways; Pathom Chaloeywares, director-general of the Department of Rural Roads; and Roongrote Rangsiyopash, president and CEO of SCG.

The partnership aims to set a new standard for state roads while achieving a goal to promote effective waste management and resource efficiency, in line with the Circular Economy principle and follow the government policy of BCG (Bio-Circular-Green Economy).

This partnership’s focus is to provide resources and support on the academic and managerial aspects of the project.

Based on their experience and know-how from the recycled plastic road project initiated in 2018, SCG and the Dow Thailand Group plan to further their research and development through laboratory-based experiments and on-site testing on private land such as RIL Industrial Estate in Rayong and Amata City in Chon Buri.

Chiang Mai University will also join the research study and focus on the production process’s academic and environmental impacts. At the same time, the Department of Highways and the Department of Rural Roads will provide support and consultation on the standardisation of plastic waste use as an ingredient in asphalt.

About 3 tonnes of plastic waste, equivalent to nearly 900,000 plastic bags, is estimated to be used for every 1 kilometre with a 6-metre road width. To date, through the partnership of SCG, the Dow Thailand Group, and other companies from the private sector, 23 tonnes of plastic waste have been used to construct a 7.7km prototype asphalt road.

Department of Highways director-general Sarawut Songsivilai said: “It will be an important starting point for the future of utilising waste plastic in construction and maintenance of the routes under the Department of Highways that will benefit the economy, society and the environment to achieve the aim of jointly developing the nation to create stability, prosperity and sustainability under the 20-year national strategy.”

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Jor12 | 10 October 2020 - 05:27:33

k...its how mankind has progressed through the ages.

DeKaaskopp | 09 October 2020 - 16:40:40

Kurt, this was first developed by an Indian scientist in 2001. Many countries followed and developed it further. Are you accusing those countries of copying too ?  Did Thailand say they were the first who invented it ? And how stupid to say that there is nothing to explore and develop what is existing. How many things were invented and later further developed ? 

Kurt | 09 October 2020 - 14:09:39

Went all Thai officials /scientists shown/mentioned in this article abroad to learn about this technology and copy it now in Thailand? There is nothing to explore and develop what is existing. Just copy, a famous professional thai industry. Shops are full with it.

wagsthedog | 08 October 2020 - 09:14:18

this type of road surface has already been put into practice in Australia and I believe the UK. I wonder if: 1) they honestly dont know  about the new technology  2)  trying to proclaim a new invention ?   

Nasa12 | 08 October 2020 - 08:49:40

Well all the studies in the world show that micro plastic, is the most harmful to micro animals and up in the food chain, this plastic comes and spreads very fast far down the food chain.  and I wonder if it is in their own int "bank account" these guys have.

 

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