PlasticRoad inaugurated in the Netherlands

In Zwolle the first bicycle path in recycled plastics

Plastic and environment - Wednesday, 26 September 2018

So many invitees turned up to bike the first ever PlasticRoad bicycle path in the Deventerstraatweg in Zwolle on September 11, 2018. It was history in the making. Where else have you seen a road that can be built in only a matter of days and that can last three times longer than a traditional road? A road made - not from the traditional asphalt, but from recycled plastic. The modular PlasticRoad eliminates concerns about potential safety issues due to potholes and road cracks. Its permeable structure allows excess water to drain quickly and contributes to traffic noise reduction while offering a built-in solution for pipes and cables. KWS, a VolkerWessels company, Wavin and Total have been working on the development of the first PlasticRoad and it has now come to fruition with the first pilot PlasticRoad - a bicycle path.

Anne Koudstaal and Simon Jorritsma (KWS) kicked off the event with "The Road to PlasticRoad" - a presentation of the road, from the first sketches in 2013 to the realization of the world's very first PlasticRoad bike path in the municipality of Zwolle, The Netherlands.

Before everyone cycled to the location where the first PlasticRoad was unveiled, a PlasticRoad module was presented in front of Wavin's head office. Invited guests were curious to study the structure of the PlasticRoad. On the surface, it looks like any other bicycle path. But the magic is in the part you do not see - the recycled plastic construction under the surface.

The PlasticRoad bike path is the first step in the ongoing journey towards building sustainable roads. Today, a bike path has been designed and built. And tomorrow? Well, the future looks bright for PlasticRoad. And the concept is being taken to the next level. The PlasticRoad consortium (KWS, Wavin and Total) are all delighted to collaborate with the municipality of Zwolle and the province of Overijssel - both of whom welcome the unique opportunity to test the technical and economic feasibility of this innovative pilot road project. Both Overijissel and Zwolle see the great potential in PlasticRoad - as a solution to the challenges of the future, as it pertains to the circular economy. The ability to see this concept through to practical realization is a dream come true for the PlasticRoad partners, but most especially the inventors of the PlasticRoad concept - Anne Koudstaal and Simon Jorritsma. And, the next generation seems to appreciate this sustainable innovation.

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