Cargills initiates first ever Plastic Modified Asphalt Concrete Car Park

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Apr 8 2021
FT Cargills initiates first ever Plastic Modified Asphalt Concrete Car Park

Partnering with AGC Innovate (Pvt Ltd) – one of the country’s leading innovative solutions providers – Cargills initiated the launch of ‘Paving with Plastic’ as a means to address Sri Lanka’s plastic waste menace in an eco-friendly and pragmatic approach.

The benefits of plastic are irrefutable – this versatile material is ubiquitous in our everyday lives, due to it being cheap and convenient to produce as well as being highly durable and user friendly. However, once used and disposed, plastic lingers in the environment for too long and does not decompose.

As a result, the inherent problem of plastic pollution is a global crisis, with Sri Lanka generating approximately 7,000 metric tons of mismanaged solid waste daily, with six per cent accounting for plastic and polythene waste. Therefore, in the absence of a proper waste management system, non-recyclable plastic is dumped in large landfill sites. These sites are now exceeding maximum capacity and has lead to pressing environmental and social concerns. 

As a first step in tackling this problem, Cargills made a landmark decision to pave the Cargills Food City Carparks using Plastic Modified Asphalt Concrete, partnering with AGC Innovate. A sustainable solution, PMAC harnesses green technology by enhancing conventional asphalt on the polymer level with the use of waste plastic. Furthermore, extensive research has shown that PMAC also improves road strength parameters and durability, when compared against traditional blacktop asphalt concrete. Beginning from waste collection to the laying of the PMAC, this process is a technical achievement and a promising response to plastic pollution in Sri Lanka.

The car park attached to the Walgama Food City outlet, will be the launchpad of  the ‘Paving with Plastic’ initiative, with the final PMAC laying process being undertaken on the 01April with approximately 200,000 waste plastic bags being used. Subsequent to this would be the official opening of the Walgama Food City carpark, which will take place in the near future.

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Apr 8 2021

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