Indian Oil targets at plastic neutrality, Utilizes single-use Plastic waste to build Road :- The Indian Oil Research and Development Centre has created a 0.85 km of road with different concentrations of plastic waste at Faridabad in an effort to efficiently make use of single-use plastic waste.
Indian Oil targets at plastic neutrality
There are about 16 million tonnes of waste plastic just from single-use carry bags as well as packaging film waste that were used for the construction work. The road laid out has also the maximum percentage of waste plastic that have used for concrete bituminous roads in India.
As per to the R&D Centre, waste plastic roads have also some benefits of higher strength, amplified and improved durability, lesser rainwater leakage as well as reduced potholes.
Dr SSV Ramakumar, who is the Director, R&D Centre, Indian Oil said in a statement, “While there have been previous efforts, the concentration of plastic was only 0.8 percent. The bituminous road laid by Indian Oil has a concentration of up to 3 percent of single-use plastic,”
Rajkumar further added, “Using single-use plastic would also help reduce the cost of road construction by Rs 2 lakh for each kilometre of road constructed”
The official also said that the state-run oil marketing company built the road exterior its research and development facility that is located in Faridabad on a tentative basis for testing its strength as well as durability.
Utilizes single-use Plastic waste to build Road
It is established into total of three zones in place of 1%, 2% and 3% concentration of waste plastic such as carry bags as well as packaging film waste, and it is going to be observed under same conditions for two years.
In order to advance a maintainable business model, Indian Oil on October 2 had also released a National Expression of Interest (EoI). This is now going to measure the market capability as well as readiness of aggregators in order to supply diverse types of waste plastics on a reliable basis.
“Incorporation of 3% of waste plastic will save Rs 2 lakh per km for road construction as compared to currently used premium quality bitumen,” said S S V Ramakumar, director (R&D) at IOC. “The input cost will be reduced massively if we use indigenous waste plastic and not depend on imported virgin polymers.”
Among various other efforts in order to attain plastic neutrality, the R&D Centre has been designed an extraordinary grade of bitumen CRMB55 with the help of 2 per cent of single-use waste plastic. The centre highlighted off the first source of CRMB55 from Panipat.
On the other hand, the R&D Center is also working on producing BS-VI compliant fuel from plastic, which it is also planned to launch by April 2020.