San Miguel Corporation (SMC), in its bid for a more sustainable future, announced earlier this year that it will begin working toward turning plastic into asphalt roads. That goal is now a reality, as the corporation has announced that it has successfully built the Philippines’ first road made of recycled plastic.
“What we want to achieve is to help address an important environmental issue, and that is plastic wastes. We want to create a sustainable use for waste plastics so that they don’t end up in landfills and our rivers and oceans,” says SMC president Ramon Ang.
The photo above shows asphalt made out of plastic being laid across a 1,500sqm test site in Cavite. This site will be used as a marshaling area for heavily loaded trucks as big as 18-wheelers. The road was built using around 900kg of plastic waste, or around 180,000 sachets and plastic bags.
Global materials science company Dow Chemical, SMC’s partner in this venture, says that the plastic waste was used together with bitumen as a binder in the production of asphalt. It adds that these roads built with recycled plastic are more durable and can last longer than conventional asphalt surfaces.
The independent lab testing done on these new plastic-made asphalt roads show that its quality exceeded the standards set by the Department of Public Works and Highways. In addition, this innovation from SMC has also garnered an Environmental Technology Verification certificate from the Department of Science and Technology–Industrial Technology Development Institute.
SMC gas also announced that this technology can be included in its facilities and major infrastructure projects in the future.