In terms of sustainability, three key features set PlasticRoad’s CCL solution apart from conventional road systems:

  1. 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%.
  2. 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.
  3. 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%.