In terms of sustainability, three key features set PlasticRoad’s CCL solution apart from conventional road systems:
- The use of recycled municipal waste: 100% of the polypropylene (PP) used during manufacture is recycled plastic waste. Discarded plastic items, which up to now are mainly processed as waste (either being incinerated or ending up in a landfill), are fed back into the chain in a far higher grade application: as base material for a CCL element. The result is a significantly smaller carbon footprint – as also verified by the independent certification agency Kiwa. CO₂ emissions are cut by up to 72%.
- The circular elements: our products are made according to the Cradle-to-Cradle philosophy. At the end of its useful service life, the entire CCL element – apart from its glass fibre geotextile and wearing course – can be recycled into a new element. In other words, the concept makes a tangible contribution to the development of a circular economy. And the construction of a CCL road puts far less pressure on the surrounding area and the environment than conventional infrastructure solutions.
- Since it can be laid directly on the sand bed, this plastic infrastructure – in contrast with traditional paving – no longer requires a separate foundation. Moreover, this road type does not need a subbase, meaning this heavy structure does not have to be produced beforehand. Building a road with CCL elements rather than conventional paving can cut transport runs by a full 80%.