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On Wednesday afternoon in  the center of Tallinn  was put built with the latest technology segment of the pedestrian road, asphalt which used recycled plastic waste. 

On the site of the Narva highway in front of the Chinese Embassy set up a trial section length 75 and a width of 3 meters - it is part of the project  Reidy tee  and the first of its kind in Northern and Eastern  Europe .

Veiko Veskimäe, CEO is building Reidy tee Company Verston  Ehitus , said Reidy project tee is best characterized by the word "innovation", one example of which is the construction of the first in  Estonia  trial length plastic road: "The collection and recycling of plastic waste - environmental problem finding a solution to one degree or another are now engaged in the whole world. The use of plastic waste in road construction is very reasonable solution, because non-degradable plastic in nature and bitumen, which is an important component of the bituminous mixture made from the same material - of oil. "

The innovative technology was developed by the Scottish company MacRebur, the factory where plastic waste is processed into pellets, the addition of which can reduce the amount of the bitumen in the asphalt.Granules of plastic waste are melted in the bituminous mixture at a sufficiently high temperature, which allows for uniform melting without forming harmful microplastics - after the expiration of the life of asphalt paving material can be recycled and re-used in road construction.

According Veskimäe, numerous tests have shown that plastic granules containing asphalt is more durable and resistant to weather conditions."In other countries, the roads of the world, built on the same technology, have already received a lot of positive reviews, and the ability to use them for the first time in Estonia - an interesting challenge for us. We hope that from now on in Estonia - in the private and public sectors - will be more and more customers who want to contribute to solving the problem of plastic waste through the construction of roads and squares, "- said Veskimäe.

Came to see the laying of the plastic road MacRebur co-founder Gordon Reid hopes that this site will provide a good opportunity to test the technology in local conditions and will serve as a first step towards the opening of the company's factory in Estonia. "We believe that the local humid climate, where temperatures can range from 30 degrees in the summer to -30 degrees in the winter, the quality of our technology can best be shown. Asphalt-containing plastic is more pliable and has a higher resistance to weather-induced contraction or expansion, which reduces the number of cracks and dents. As a next step, we expect to build a highway section with plastic with asphalt, and further consider Estonia as a good place to open a new plant, which will supply produced from local waste plastic pellets producers of asphalt in  the Baltic States  and Scandinavia , "- said Reid.

Head of the Department of Environment and Public Utilities Tallinn Ain Waldmann said that the proposed construction by asphalt production technology based on the use of plastic waste, initially caused a lot of questions. As a result of joint discussions on all questions were answered, and the purpose of the test section of the road - to demonstrate how the new technology works in our environment. "The City of Tallinn has just submitted an application for the title of European Green Capital, which confirms the efforts made by cities to improve the environment and quality of life. If plastic wastes can be recycled for road construction and the quality of roads in line with our climate - is the possibility that in the future the city may use more actively ", - said Waldmann.

Interesting Facts:

For coating kilometer section containing granules MacRebur asphalt mixture used plastic waste whose weight is the weight of 684,000 plastic bottles or 1.8 million disposable plastic bags.

The asphalt is not pedestrian road section is 75 meters long and 3 meters wide to  Narva mnt  used 65 kg of plastic granules produced from waste, roughly equal by weight plastic bottles 5000 or 13,000 disposable plastic bags.