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November 1, 2011

What do you do with 50 tons of plastic?

Filed under: Interesting Sites,My Thoughts,News/Articles — Suramya @ 11:55 PM

What do you do with 50 Tons of Plastic? You can’t bury it because it doesn’t decompose, you can’t leave it lying around because it will poison the soil and be an eye sore.

Folks at Vertech Limited along with Dawyck Estates, Cass Hayward LLP, Cardiff University’s School of Engineering, Rutgers University’s AAMIPP Department and Axion International seem to have figured out a way to use this so that that is both useful and doesn’t look ugly.

They recycled the 50 tons of plastic and converted it into a 90 feet Thermoplastic road bridge over the River Tweed at Easter Dawyck in Peeblesshire. This is one of the first of its kind in Europe and was built in just over 2 weeks including the four days to assemble it on site.

A bridge made of plastic has a lot of advantages over regular bridges. It won’t rust and doesn’t require to be painted which is another cost saving. Plus that’s 50 tons of plastic that is not cluttering a land fill somewhere and the best part is that it is 100 percent recyclable, so when the local community decide they don’t want it any more, it can be broken up and turned into another bridge elsewhere.

We should support more of these projects and initiatives so that 30 years down the line we are not living in a mountain of trash.

Source: 50 Tons of Plastic Recycled Into Scottish Foot Bridge & World Architecture News

– Suramya

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