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Sustainability

The roads in Freeport are paved with plastic

by Alex Tullo
March 9, 2019 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 97, ISSUE 10

 

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Credit: Dow Chemical
Asphalt incorporating plastic is applied on a road at Dow's facility in Freeport, Texas.

Dow Chemical has laid down polymer-modified asphalt on two roads—Plastics Road and Gulfstream Road—at its Freeport, Texas, manufacturing site. The roads, about 900 m in length combined, incorporate about 800 kg of recycled plastic. Dow was earlier involved with putting recycled plastic in roads in Indonesia and India. The company next plans to roll out the technology in parking lots at its Midland, Michigan, headquarters.

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