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Mysuru to go the plastic route in laying roads (the hindu)

What better use for plastic waste than in the roads we travel on? Using plastic granules, produced from plastic waste, with bitumen will “give 50 per cent additional strength” to the roads in Mysuru, say Mysore City Corporation (MCC) officials.

MCC Superintendent Engineer Suresh Babu told The Hindu that the corporation will spend Rs. 25,000 more on laying a 1-km stretch this way. “This technology has been approved by the Indian Road Congress,” he said.

A Bengaluru-based company that produces plastic granules was approached by the MCC for experimenting in roadworks in the city.

A Rs. 30-lakh roadwork, sanctioned at Railway Layout in Vijayanagar here, was laid with this technology as an experiment. “If the feedback is good, we may continue the procedure on other city roads. A tonne of plastic granules costs Rs. 35,000,” Mr. Babu said.

Mysuru generates around 100 tonnes of plastic waste, although the authorities have been claiming that the quantum of waste generated had dropped after the plastic ban.

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