KWS, Wavin, and Total, the subsidiaries of VolkerWessels have agreed to develop the PlasticRoad. In 2015, KWS introduced the concept of the plastic road for the first time, which is a unique concept as a sustainable alternative to traditional asphalt roads. KWS planned to entail recycling plastic waste into lightweight modules with hollow interiors that can be fitted with cables and plastic pipes and allow excess water to drain. It is easy to transport, assemble and maintain the plastic roads. The lighter weight of the plastic road means that the ground will be less prone to subsidence. The objective is to create a road with a smaller ecological footprint than traditional road systems. Once the elements of the road have given the expected life service, they can be recycled again, contributing to a circular economy and cleaner environment.
“Together with Wavin and Total, we now have a vast pool of knowledge, experience, and resources, and can take concrete steps in the development of PlasticRoad. We expect to have a first prototype completed by year-end 2017”, said Anne Koudstaal and Simon Jorritsma, the inventors of PlasticRoad.
“Being part of the development of PlasticRoad fits in the strategy of Wavin to provide innovative plastic solutions for the building industry. This is a great chance to develop a new way of road building together with other market leaders in this business”, said Jan Willem Viets, Director of Wavin Nederland.
Xavier Bontemps, Senior Vice President for Total’s Polymers Business Unit, stated: “This agreement is aligned with our commitment to using renewable and recycled sources and reducing the carbon footprint for the markets we serve.”
PlasticRoad is to be built and tested in a laboratory for safety in wet and slippery conditions.