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September 17, 2018 - An experimental bicycle track made from recycled plastic has opened in the Netherlands as part of a project that could lead to more sustainable roads being rolled out across the country.
The 30m test track in the town of Zwolle is made from 70 percent recycled plastic and the rest from polypropylene, according to an article by The Economist.
It will be used to test a product called PlasticRoad, which is being developed by Dutch firms KWS and Wavin, in partnership with French energy giant Total.
PlasticRoad is prefabricated in a factory as modular sections. The sections are then transported to the site and laid end to end on a suitable foundation, such as sand
A second pilot cycleway is being built in the nearby town of Giethoorn.
Prefabricated plastic roads should last two-to-three times longer than conventional roads and cost less, the companies claim, mainly because construction times would be reduced by almost two-thirds.