Using Plastic to Make Streets in Los Angeles | doGood

Technisoil, a company that designs innovative products, is working on creating streets made of plastic for the city of Los Angeles.  This idea will be tested on the corner of West First Street and North Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A.

If the test goes well, eventually every street in the city will be made of plastic.  This could help Los Angeles recover from a buildup of waste.

In March, China stopped receiving the waste that Los Angeles would send to the country.  Now that landfills are reaching maximum capacity, it’s time to figure out some solutions to the problem. Using plastic to make streets could be one of those solutions.

According to the Optimist Daily, “plastic can take up to 1,000 years to degrade.”  Although that isn’t good for the ecosystem, plastic’s long-lasting nature makes the material an excellent choice for building roads.  When made of plastic, the roads will take longer to wear down, which will decrease maintenance costs.

Keith Mozee, the assistant director at the Department of Street Services, is enthusiastic about the project and says, “it’s something that we believe going forward could be game-changing if we deploy on a large scale.”

If Los Angeles does end up using plastic for its roads, it will become the first major city in the U.S. to accomplish this.

This is a good thing because the more ways Los Angeles can reuse plastic, the less plastic will sit around unused and polluting the city.

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