Green roads for Nepal. simple technology with great leverage
We support Nepal to take care of its waste problem by itself: The technology of the plastic roads gives plastic waste a (additional) value. In this way, we promote entrepreneurship in waste management and solve the problems of harmful waste pollution as well as dilapidated road infrastructure. Herewith we enable the chance of a better standard of living: economically and ecologically.
Nepal in particular faces enormous challenges when it comes to waste disposal.
It should become possible for people in Nepal to live in a country without waste and with proper infrastructure.
By integrating plastic waste into road construction, we are replacing a newly produced petroleum product (bitumen) with an existing one (plastic waste).”
Plastic waste. A challenge that affects the entire globe. The least develped countries countries in particular face enormous challenges when it comes to waste disposal. Around 1,000 tons of plastic waste are collected in Nepal every day, most of the waste ends up in landfills or are incinerated.
One of the largest landfills outside the city of Bharatpur borders the Narayani River, which flows through many parts of the country. The recycling industry in Nepal is very small because, among other things, the necessary technology is missing. This means that regardless of the environment and the associated dangers for humans, large amounts of plastic waste get into nature.
Another major problem in Nepal is the road infrastructure. Only 12% of the existing roads are paved. Some regions are not connected to the transport network at all. Moreover, the quality of the paved roads is poor due to a low budget, a lack of technology and quality controls, and these are usually difficult to drive just a few years after construction. In addition to damaging the vehicle, there are serious consequences for life and limb. The poor road infrastructure leads to many traffic fatalities and an even greater number of traffic accidents every year. On top of that, the economic impact of poor infrastructure on Nepalese prosperity should not be underestimated. The roads enclosed by China and India are the main arteries of import and export business as well as domestic transportation of consumer goods such as food. The poor road infrastructure therefore has a significant impact on the prosperity and standard of living of the Nepalese population.
Our solution is as simple as it is efficient. By integrating plastic waste into road construction, we are replacing a new petroleum product (bitumen) with an existing one (plastic waste), which can significantly extend the life of the road while reducing costs. At first glance, one might assume that incorporating plastic into streets cannot be environmentally sustainable. This argument can easily be invalidated. Plastic has the same environmental impact as bitumen. Plus: Waste that would have contributed to environmental pollution under normal circumstances can add further value by using it for road construction. In other countries, such as India, the first plastic roads have already been built. In the medium term, our goal is to build a pilot route in Nepal. In the long term, we will establish the system in Nepal’s official road standards. We give the waste a value and protect the environment sustainably.
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