Almost ten tonnes of plastic waste were repurpose to re-carpet a one-kilometer stretch of Ataturk Avenue in Pakistan\’s capital. The Plastic Road Project, funded by Coca-Cola, TeamUp, and the Capital Development Authority. Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, Pakistan\’s Minister of Interior, launched the Pakistan\’s First Plastic Road waste-paved road on Monday. Many children, notably school kids, attended the launching ceremony.
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Pakistan\’s First Plastic Road
They were carrying placards with slogans advocating for environmental protection against plastic waste. The project, which was accomplished with the help of a public-private collaboration (Capital Development Authority, Coca-Cola, and National Incubation Centre), intends to address the country\’s massively mismanaged plastic trash problem, which is the worst in South Asia (in terms of percentage).
Every year, Pakistan Generates 55 billion Plastic Bags
According to a paper distributed at the event, Pakistan produces roughly 55 billion plastic bags each year. Most of these single-use non-biodegraded bags end up in open rubbish dumps, landfill sites, or municipal sewers.
According to an expert, the new notion of a plastic road, which is not new in many nations, would produce a scalable solution for the use of plastic in a high-value industry.
10 tonnes of plastic bottles utilized’
Fahad Ashraf, VP for Coca-Cola Pakistan and Afghanistan, said, “This road belongs to all Pakistanis and all the people who care about progress.
The road utilized about ten tones of plastic bottles collected for this purpose and serves as a model for nation-wide practice, he further said.
Sheikh Rashid said the road was in line with the Pakistan government’s vision for a clean and green nation.
It\’s a global phenomena
The plastic road is a global best practice that lasts twice as long as a traditional road.
It will assist in safeguarding the environment. But if it is expand to other roads in rural areas, metropolitan areas, and national highways. The impact on development and the environment will be significant, not cosmetic.