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Topic Reading-Vol.2286-7/15/2018

Dear MEL Topic Readers,
Can plastic roads curb waste epidemic?
Plastic lasts for long. Unlike paper or wood materials, plastic isn’t biodegradable. So, when it is wasted, its durability causes a big problem to the environment. But what if plastic is used as material to last for long?
A British Company came up with an idea and recipe to make use of used plastic, such as plastic bottles, diapers, carrier bags. The idea is to blend used plastic with asphalt to be used for road construction and repairs. They claim when used plastic is cooked at a right temperature and mixed at a right proportion with asphalt, the blended asphalt lasts longer than conventional asphalt. This plastic-blended asphalt has already been used in the UK, the Gulf, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Sounds like a brilliant idea to solve the plastic problems, doesn’t it?
Enjoy reading and learn how a problem can be turned into a solution.

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