Tag: Pushback against Plastics

Reliance launches new road project to counter pushback against plastics

Reliance Industries, India's largest petchem player, is launching a project to use plastics in road construction, amid growing concerns over pollution in the country of 1.3 billion whose major cities are often plagued with smog and litter. India, which uses about 14 million tonnes of plastic annually, lacks an organized system for management of plastic waste, leading to widespread littering. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is urging India to end consumption of single-use plastics by 2022. Typically, 8-10% of plastic is mixed in the regular bitumen mix for road construction, which makes the road stronger and water resistant. Mixing the plastic can also result in savings of up to Rs 1,00,000 for every one km of road, 3.5 metres wide, as compared with a pure bitumen road. RIL, as a part of its sustainability and circularity initiatives, has built 40-kilometer roads by using 50 tonnes post-consumer plastics as a key ingredient at its Nagothane Manufacturing Division.