The call for more sustainable innovation is growing by the day. People are becoming more aware of the escalating environmental problems that affect our quality of life. Garbage disposal, for one, continues to be a major concern worldwide. Different industries are trying to find ways to help. The asphalt industry has pioneered a number of developments about adding plastic in their asphalt mixture. Researchers continuously look for ways that will hit both the sustainability and quality requirements of asphalt pavement construction.
Will the asphalt industry be the hero to save this global waste problem? The question remains to be answered. There is still a lot to know but the desire to provide a healthier environment with less dependence on fossil fuel and increased road quality keeps the pavement companies going. What a healthier world we will give our future generations when the pavement industry finally champions this quest. Plastics will no longer be seen as wastes on land and ocean, instead, they are now of greater purpose which is to strengthen the roads.
In an article featured in Asphalt Pavement, they dive into the plastic conversation and its significance in providing a sustainable pavement industry. They write “Over the past year and a half, a NAPA task force has been looking into the use of plastics in asphalt. In partnership with the Asphalt Institute, this task force has commissioned the most comprehensive state-of-knowledge document written by the National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT) and has developed an industry position document.”