No burning rubber here: plastic road opens in Zwolle

Artists impression: KWS

They call it re-cycling.

The municipality of Zwolle today opens a trial 30m stretch of bike path made from reused plastic, in a project that hopes to speed up road building and give old bottles a second life.

The PlasticRoad, made “from as much recycled plastic as possible” has been created by the businesses KWS, plastic pipe maker Wavin and Total oil and gas group and the pilot is being supported by Zwolle.

The designers hope that the prefabricated road structure will be able to help prevent flooding, with a special hollow to hold water or carry cables, and last three times longer than traditional road structures.

KWS announced the concept in 2015, with inventor Simon Jorritsma saying: “You see a bottle; we see a road.”

A second trial road will be built in November in Overijssel province, reports the Telegraaf.


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