Tallinn has got the first road section that contains plastic waste


A new road based on an innovative technology was completed in the centre of Tallinn.

The asphalt cover of this section containes processed plastic waste.

This section is built built in front of the Embassy of China, its length is 75 metres and the width is 3 metres.

It the first road section of its kind in the Northern and Eastern Europe.

The use of plastic waste in road building is a very smart solution, as both non-degradable plastic and bitumen, which is an important component of the asphalt mix, are produced from the same raw material – petroleum.

The innovative technology was developed by the Scottish company MacRebur, which runs a plant that uses special technology to process plastic waste into granules, addition of which allows to reduce the amount of bitumen used in asphalt.

Plastic waste granules are melted into the asphalt mix at a sufficiently high temperature which allows plastic to melt uniformly without creation of microplastics – after expiry of the service life of asphalt the road material can be reprocessed and used in road building again.

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