By introducing a plastic-infused road in Karachi, a petroleum business has taken an important step towards minimizing plastic waste and boosting environmentally friendly practices.
Shell Pakistan announced its engagement with start-up BRR Enterprises and the local government District Municipal Corporation (DMC) South to build this innovative road using recycled Shell oil bottles in a statement released on Monday.
Over 2.5 tonnes of abandoned Shell lubricant bottles were successfully recycled to build a 730-foot-long, 60-foot-wide driveway close to the Shell House in Karachi.
The company substantially decreased plastic waste while contributing to a more sustainable and environmentally conscientious solution by embedding these plastic bottles into the asphalt road utilising the dry process method.
Because of its non-biodegradability and poisonous nature, plastic trash has long been a major source of concern. According to studies, a basic plastic bag can take up to 500 years to degrade, whilst a plastic bottle can endure for about 300 years. Recognising this concern, Shell Pakistan’s programme strives to solve the problem of plastic waste and its environmental impact.
Over typical roads, plastic roads have various advantages. They are noted for their greater flexibility, durability, and lifespan which is approximately three times that of normal roads. Furthermore, traditional road construction materials are more expensive, but plastics may be obtained at a low cost, greatly lowering construction costs. This innovation not only offers a long-term solution, but it also addresses the critical social issue of plastic waste.
The newly completed road in Karachi was opened by Waqar Siddiqui, Chief Executive and Managing Director of Shell Pakistan Limited, who expressed his enthusiasm for the project. “This is the first time we’ve used our discarded lubricant bottles to make a road, and I’m amazed at the result,” he said. This novel technology contributes to the reduction of plastic waste and may give an environmentally friendly choice for future infrastructure projects in Pakistan. Innovative ideas like this one need to be developed and tested, and I hope they will be adopted to help establish a cleaner society.”