The road to recycling could well be paved with plastic waste

Construction firm works with SP team to develop plastic pellets for use in road building

Singapore Polytechnic student Tan Li Yan with a sample of the asphalt material made from plastic waste that could last at least 20 per cent longer than regular asphalt.
Singapore Polytechnic student Tan Li Yan with a sample of the asphalt material made from plastic waste that could last at least 20 per cent longer than regular asphalt. ST PHOTO: MARCELLIN LOPEZ

Local construction company Samwoh has teamed up with researchers and students from Singapore Polytechnic to turn plastic waste into a material which can be used to build more durable road surfaces.

Singapore has been looking for new ways to manage its waste as its sole landfill, Semakau Landfill, is rapidly filling up, and is projected to be completely full by 2035 - 10 years earlier than planned.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 18, 2020, with the headline 'The road to recycling could well be paved with plastic waste'. Subscribe