Recycled plastic plays a fundamental part in the solutions developed by the PlasticRoad team. Discarded plastic – much of which is currently still processed as waste, incinerated or ends up in a landfill – is fed back into the chain as a circular infrastructure solution in a far higher grade application.
CCL, the smart and sustainable infrastructure solution
WHAT SETS THIS CIRCULAR ROAD APART?
Using recycled plastic
A significantly smaller carbon footprint
According to calculations made by the independent inspection agency Primum and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), PlasticRoad cuts CO₂ emissions by up to 72% compared to conventional paving.
Lower impact on the surrounding area and the environment
A road built using CCL elements has a substantially lighter impact on the environment and the surrounding area than other solutions, since it requires neither a conventional subbase nor a heavy structure. The lightweight circular infrastructure can be laid directly on a sand bed.
The design of the CCL product line is completely circular, and elements can be replaced more or less directly after reaching the end of their useful service life. Individual elements can be detached and independently recycled as raw material for new elements.
The most circular infrastructure solution
Assessed in the context of a Madaster materials passport, the Global Sustainable Enterprise System and an independent circularity audit by KIWA. We refer to Professor dr. Jacqueline Cramer’s widely-adopted 10R model, which distinguishes different levels of circularity. Circularity is one of the spearheads of our PlasticRoad philosophy.
CIRCULARITY, IMPACT AND LOWER EMISSIONS.
Make the world’s most sustainable road. This philosophy and ambition drove initiators Simon Jorritsma and Anne Koudstaal to develop the theoretical foundations of the PlasticRoad solutions. A philosophy that to this day guides new initiatives within our enterprise.
Circularity, impact and lower emissions. PlasticRoad aims to achieve the highest possible score on each of these three themes. Merely focussing on one of these themes could negatively affect our success in one or both of the other themes. We believe that cutting back emissions is as least as important as recycling, our consumption of raw materials and power and our impact on society. We refer to a range of gauges – including the Environmental Cost Indicator (ECI), emissions calculations and external audits – to monitor whether PlasticRoad’s CCL products continue to score well on all three themes.
THE 10R MODEL
The CCL series has a completely circular design. At the end of a road element’s service life, all raw materials are re-used in new elements – no waste or consumption of new materials. Circularity serves as a guiding principle for every decision we make, at every stage of the process. Our basic premise is to consume as little power and raw materials as possible. We aim to achieve the highest possible circularity score according to the priority ladder and principles formulated by Professor dr. Jacqueline Cramer of the Utrecht Sustainability Institute. How do we implement this model in practice??
With their integrated water storage and infiltration system, our CCL elements completely remove or significantly reduce the need for earthworks, storm drains, storm sewers and house connections.*
Substantial savings when it comes to raw materials and transport runs, by combining the strongest possible structure with minimal consumption of raw materials.
With a design based entirely on circular principles, the CCL elements are made from recycled materials.
The circular and detachable elements can be easily re-used at a new location – or in a different application altogether.
Maintenance and repairs can be handled both on location and at our production facility. The elements are exchangeable, with the only difference being their respective sizes.