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  • thraenthraen
    +8

    I think this is an interesting idea, and at the same time I'm curious as to how much something like this justifies the continued production of new plastic. Not saying it does, but it's something to consider. What I think would be especially cool is if it'd be possible to build roads like this using materials from the Great Pacific garbage patch, although I'm not sure how easy removing the plastic (which are very small pieces) would be. The other consideration is not that we don't have use for recycled plastic, but that we just simply don't recycle plastic very much. Even when you toss it in your recycle bin, that's hardly a guarantee that it'll be recycled, for a variety of reasons.

    Just some brain-dump thoughts. Thanks for linking this!

    • jcscher
      +6

      "According to the company, any type of recycled plastic can be used. The main goal, the company says, is to keep plastic out of the oceans. "

      • thraenthraen
        +5

        Yeah, I saw that. Keeping plastic out of the oceans is different than ocean clean up, which is why I mentioned removal. The Quartz link I just added has slightly different wording: "The project is a part of a larger initiative to rid the seas of “plastic soup.”" That's still vague and could just mean working to prevent additional plastic being added rather than attempts to clean-up the mess.

        • jcscher
          +5

          Thanks for adding the links.

          • thraenthraen
            +4

            No problem! And if anyone wants a translation of the NOS article (the link in Dutch), just let me know. I can translate it when I have chance.

  • KingAztek
    +5

    I've always felt for whatever reason that the Netherlands have always had a cartoonish feel in terms of their landscape, and plastic, colored roads would only add to that. Not to say that it isn't cool or innovative, because it's totally both those things

    • jcscher
      +4

      I agree but I hope this works. I don't think it can work everywhere,but it is a great idea.

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  • Mtat
    +4

    Shut up and take my money! I need a lot of that on my property, asphalt is expensive!

  • BearSpear
    +4

    Roads can be pretty complex things to build. I'm wondering how production of infininately varying curves and pitches will be handled. I'm guessing on-site molding machines of some sort will be needed, both for construction and repair.

  • Xeno
    +3

    Reminds me of solar roadways: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/solar-roadways#/story

    My understanding is that there has been lots of better alternatives for road materials than we use now, but at least in the U.S. part of the reason against utilizing something more "hardy" is to maintain construction jobs. Pretty much the same argument against automating jobs.

    • frohawk
      +1

      Hearing about things like this just drive me up a wall. We stop implementing new innovations we could benefit from in the long run just to inflate the job market???

      Sometimes I wonder what we could achieve if we didn't have to scramble to secure enough wages to live off of and if that was guaranteed to us.

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