Shell Pakistan has recently introduced an innovative solution to address the problem of plastic waste in Karachi. In collaboration with start-up BRR Enterprises and the District Municipal Corporation (DMC) South, the company has successfully constructed a road infused with recycled plastic.
To create this road, over 2.5 tonnes of discarded Shell lubricant bottles were recycled. The road, located near Shell House in Karachi, spans 730 feet in length and 60 feet in width. The plastic bottles were incorporated into the road’s asphalt using the dry process method, effectively reducing plastic waste.
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The introduction of plastic-infused roads brings numerous benefits. These roads offer greater flexibility, durability, and a lifespan nearly three times longer than traditional roads.
Moreover, they are cost-effective as the construction materials derived from plastics are practically free compared to conventional road materials. This innovation not only promotes sustainability but also addresses the pressing issue of plastic waste in the region.
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The Chief Executive and Managing Director of Shell Pakistan Limited, Waqar Siddiqui, inaugurated the newly-built road in Karachi. He expressed his excitement about the project, stating that it was the first time discarded lubricant bottles were used in such a manner.
Waqar Siddiqui believes that this innovative approach can help reduce plastic waste and serve as an environmentally friendly option for future infrastructure projects in Pakistan. He also emphasized the importance of exploring and implementing similar innovative solutions to contribute to a cleaner society.
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Overall, Shell Pakistan’s initiative demonstrates their dedication to environmental sustainability and presents a creative solution for repurposing plastic waste into infrastructure development.