From trash to tarmac: San Miguel Corp eyes recycling plastic to build roads


Posted at Mar 11 2019 06:30 PM

MANILA – San Miguel Corp. on Monday said it would build roads out of recycled plastics to reduce waste.

Hard-to-recycle plastics will be used as an alternative raw material input to asphalt for roads, SMC said in a statement, adding that it has tapped material science company Dow Chemical for the project.

Among the benefits of using recycled plastics for road surface are improved stability and durability, increased skid resistance, longer roads lifespan, lower asphalt costs and less waste, the statement said.
“Developing roads using plastics that would have otherwise ended up in landfills or our bodies of water is an environment-friendly method of disposing of scrap plastics,” SMC president and COO Ramon Ang said.

“We can help our environment and at the same time improve the quality of our infrastructure projects. We are eager to begin this initiative,” he said.

SMC will initially test the technology in smaller municipal roads, sidewalks and parking lots. Once proven effective, Ang said they might roll it out for larger infrastructure projects.