Plastics account for 16 per cent of the total waste we generate. Like in other parts of the world, plastic has emerged as a serious environmental issue in Nepal as well. To deal with this, probably it’s time we started considering plastic roads.
Roads made of recycled plastics are the future of the world. Urban development has made massive use of plastic materials which are now creating huge environmental threat due to its non-decomposable nature.
Reusing plastic is not an easy task. Not only in Kathmandu but also all around the globe, it has become a burning problem. Plastic garbage in mega-cities, in rivers & oceans, has emerged as a big environmental issue.
A study conducted by the Asian Development Bank in 2012 shows that about 56 per cent of our waste consists of organic materials & 16 per cent plastic.
While the organic part is decomposable, which can be converted into energy, bio-gas or manure, the non-decomposable plastic part of the waste is very troublesome.
The use of plastic materials like bags, bottles, wrappers, covers is ever increasing. Plastic litter also blocks the drainage system & flood the city during rainy seasons. The estimate shows that about 4,000 metric tons of plastic garbage is disposed every month in the Valley.
This is a fact that we need good roads which are least affected by rainwater & water stagnation, have no stripping with no potholes, strong & least cracking & can be constructed in less time & cheaply.
How nice it would be if we had roads which can be fixed in no time when maintenance work is required. so, a New Plastic road has started to construct at Kirtipur, Kathmandu. Watch full video right here: