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Can plastic roads help save the planet? BBC News

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Engineer Toby McCartney explains how his Scottish start-up MacRebur is persuading councils to use local waste plastic to build roads. Two English councils have already started building roads this way. A smartphone film for BBC World Hacks by Dougal Shaw.. Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog World In Pictures https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLS3XGZxi7cBX37n4R0UGJN-TLiQOm7ZTP Big Hitters https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLS3XGZxi7cBUME-LUrFkDwFmiEc3jwMXP Just Good News https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLS3XGZxi7cBUsYo_P26cjihXLN-k3w246
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It's Angela (18 hours ago)
Won’t it melt?
Andreas Rasmussen (2 days ago)
Plastic in roads is a terrible idea, if used in the wear layer. When the road is weard you end up with microplast, that ends up in the ocean
lets live life (2 days ago)
This invention done by professor of india
The Crazy Weeaboo (3 days ago)
"I have an idea that'll save the world!" *hides recipe*
Tori Ratino (4 days ago)
Don’t take Cody with something they have to because good in the plastic melts onto your tires if it got really hot out especially because it’s black
Heidi Porquis (5 days ago)
#BBC what about toxic gases emitted from these plastics????
The Gamer 187 (6 days ago)
Please come to the us
AVS Arellano (6 days ago)
It can be the start, I mean all of us can suggest how we will save mother earth. Nothing is wrong.
ORDO AB CHAO (6 days ago)
so the Indians invented the idea and a smart Scottish dude copied the idea and made millions out of it. Damn smart move.
Smartest Stupid (6 days ago)
I have seen atleast 10 videos of people claiming to invent this plastic road thing...... It's such a waste
I am Watching You (6 days ago)
I've got an idea, why not make the roads reinforced heat-absorbing Plastic, then put solar panels behind it, you can make a busy city cooler and saves energy
ryan hakawati (7 days ago)
is this good or bad idk..
Clay Lee (7 days ago)
I can't see how? Won't it still break down and eventually enter the water table?
Gargi Gupta (8 days ago)
On may 15, 2014 On the Indian tv show "Satyamev Jayate Season 2 EP3" it was telecasted that Prof. Vasudevan from the Thiagarajar College of Engineering Madurai(India) developed and implemented the idea of plastic roads using some same kind of tech Engineer Toby McCartney is claiming as his own in this video. And Prof. Vasudevan has it's copyright on his college name. You can check the same on this link: "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lS0_FCBzI_w" (forward to 59:34) so how come an already patent project is claimed by some other person of some other country. He actually got his inspiration from his daughter and India, but this idea has its copyrights owned by an Indian.
Amazigh Studio (8 days ago)
bad idea..it will one day have consequence like everything else invented lol
Story Keeper (8 days ago)
Then it melts on a 40/50 degree day and cars get stuck 😂
Who thought the thumbnail was slime ?
Struthio camelus (8 days ago)
Melting plastics produce chemicals that harm the ozone layer. Great!
Kitten Ivy (9 days ago)
Yes!!!!! Been waiting for this. Such an amazing use for all the plastics we use!
ally. (9 days ago)
I have the cure to plastic! But I don’t wanna tell anyone
Vr Nahta (10 days ago)
Be orignal
Vr Nahta (10 days ago)
Don't you it was first created in India you cheaters taking the credit idiot
YC 03 (10 days ago)
Im a year too late but um.....wouldnt the roads burn if a fire starts?
Sophia 26 (10 days ago)
What if it's summer and it's hot does the road melts or becomes sticky?
Barbie Batman (10 days ago)
Awesome job thankyou
Mimi Dubu (10 days ago)
What if that place is in africa? Is it still be effective?
Bella (11 days ago)
Please minimise use of plastics. Reuse and Recycle... Dont destroy the planet.... please find an alternative bio degradable material...
Clairenime Ogolo (11 days ago)
Liar. Somewhere in India, 2002 They Had already thought of this, but they tested it and It was Hazardous so they didn't go through with it. He's a theif- they had Patented this. But I mean, go off I guess, he'll have the same results.
Erin (11 days ago)
roads are made of oil. this is a problem, so let's make them out of something even worse!
I hate what people have done to earth, but I’m not smart enough to think of any solutions. At lest there are people trying to solve our problems but it would have been helpful if you put the recipe on the video so others can do this as well and help sooner.
On the surface sounds great, but what about the melting process to make the pellets. Is it equal to incinerating plastics as far as toxin release goes? And what about the natural breakdown of the roads? Is there potential for release or leaching of micro or nanoplastics? These parts of the story were not mentioned.
P D (12 days ago)
Plagrisim at it's finest
PunnyMegan (13 days ago)
Wouldn't it melt?
Roy's (13 days ago)
This technique was invented patented and given free to the world by Prof Rajagopalan Vasudevan, Professor of Chemistry at Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai, India Patent granted in 2006
The question from the end, My answer is..No, plastic roads doesn't save our planet, it's just save our community, and industries, the only thing that helps our planet, is to reduce polution by unnecessary gasses to our atmosphere, yeah, plastic only helps a little bit, but I don't consider it.
Stephen Manchester (14 days ago)
When roads wear out they are scraped up into an aggregate. Currently this is sold for repairing tracks, where it washes out frequently. This helps to "get rid" all of this road waste. But if the road has plastic in it, what will they do with the hundreds of thousands of tons of road waste? LANDFILL where non biodegradable plastics belong!
Ashutosh Kumar (14 days ago)
A white skin stealing technology as usual and presenting it as his own..lol BBC...this technique is used since 2002 in India...we also have patents for it...do some research...and this guy is a thief...
Don KiksBiscuits (14 days ago)
i dream of road surfaces made out of old used plastic and rubber materials . we can make good use out of those materials .
Emma meow:3 (15 days ago)
Now we need houses made of plastic.
Ashith a (16 days ago)
Wat if is a very very sunny day and the road melts No offense
Lord Apoorva (16 days ago)
In Bangalore India already 6000km of road as been built using plastic.
J BORKHADE (18 days ago)
U copied indian technic this is indias petant
piyush dhanuskar (19 days ago)
Respect sir I would like to business in India with ur company India is in need of such innovation and we can earn great profit pls reply on 91 7709913207
Jam Jammy (19 days ago)
How I wish there are degree programs in college that solely for "Mother Earth" cause I feel like these will be given more attention if it's a course studied for years to become an expert like engineers, doctors, teachers, etc. All of the research, studies, thesis, methods, etc. are about "how humans should live with nature, not nature adjusting for humans by destroying it. I would be the most willing human being to enroll for that course. I'd be so proud to become a professional serving mother earth. 😌😟
indian __gamer (19 days ago)
In bangalore already 100+ km roads are laid of waste plastic
Levan Matthew (20 days ago)
2021: edible plastics
Kshitiz Mishra (20 days ago)
Stole the idea from R Vasudevan, who gave this idea for free to Indian government, and refused to sell foreign countries. We have 24,000 km of roads already built here
Tun Saha (20 days ago)
In india now we are making plastic road
Renil Dsouza (20 days ago)
He doesn't want his daughter to be in a world which is filled with plastic. But creates the roads out of plastic.. Fml🤦🏻‍♂️
She Who Knows All (21 days ago)
🤔 *Cheaper, recycles waste, longer lasting... What's not to love!?* 🛣👍
Suckena Mirza (22 days ago)
in india we are using plastics to construct the road since 2011
kirvy cabunilas (22 days ago)
Yuuri Shibuya (23 days ago)
Bad idea, roads are recyclable rocks,lime etc, with plastics in them now contaminating the water and land at microscopic level is very high. God save this planet from stupidity. Please don't share ur recipe.
Catus Beanie (23 days ago)
I thought it was already a thing...
selvan seethapathy (23 days ago)
A chennai man from india had same idea before this and there were lot of opposes stating micropolymers would damage the natural ecosystem.
Navjot Singh (23 days ago)
The Winspear (23 days ago)
Plastic Can Melt.
Amar Pandey (24 days ago)
This is already started in India dear. Probably you saw that too but not telling here
XI JINPING (28 days ago)
Can u tell me what is in your mix? If we take this to the greatest country in the world CHINA i make u rich mam and i ame sure u can have as many dogs u want to eat forever.
Rudhisundar Beura (28 days ago)
How is it his invention? He himself said it to be an Indian invention!!
Pearl 101 (29 days ago)
"Could it be better using recycled plastic" Answer: yesss
Ankit Raghuwanshi (29 days ago)
We r seeing just positives of plastic road but what about the pollution they will bring into water or soil.
Gaming Dead (1 month ago)
I agree
Gaming Dead (1 month ago)
Why you showed only India??
Gaming Dead (1 month ago)
Nitish Kumar (1 month ago)
You are a superhero
Kaushik Tewary (1 month ago)
You're a cheat
Zuber Siddiqui (1 month ago)
Not a good idea cuz it may spread below
TheBetterIsaac (1 month ago)
Aren’t roads just made with the waste produced by oil?
Flash (1 month ago)
This idea is great. Even if it wont save our planet, it is a small step in the right direction. <3
oh goodie more plastic roads
Cara Sampson (1 month ago)
I think that they should use the plastic in the ocean first before they use the plastic from the bins! Who wants turtles to die? Not me.
Vekulhu Depp (1 month ago)
Haha if you won't teol the recipe how are you even gonna help the world. Don't be selfish money aint everything. Am sure you'll earn enough even if you share the mix to the world.
ASHLEY D'SILVA (1 month ago)
yeh!... so you guys just had to get India in there, did you
FBIMOUS377 (1 month ago)
It doesn't matter what we use because it is still going to end up in our water and end up seeping into the earth anyway.
Rosso Corsa (1 month ago)
Great idea
M. K. (1 month ago)
sandy john (1 month ago)
To know about it,check about him and you would know the actual methods too..
sandy john (1 month ago)
The concept of plastic roads was developed by a man named rajagopalan vasudevan from tamilnadu in India who is a professor in chemistry.he had tried it out, and even our government had accepted this plan and laid roads for many kms,pls don't steal anybody's knowledge claiming that it's yours..
Musical Sandy (1 month ago)
This method is patented by Vasudevan Sir from India. Please give him credit.
Maran L (1 month ago)
allah and muhammad, both are the same god. All three NAMES translate into SATAN.
Maran L (1 month ago)
Only if muslims will help. That’s the only way. You’ll find our that allah teaches muslims to reject all has to do with non muslims
Akshit Rajput (1 month ago)
This idea was first patented in India... We already have thousands of kilometers of plastic roads and another network is building rapidly... Even our government has passed a law to make all urban roads out of plastic... Are u Europeans a thief of something???
baba ni (1 month ago)
Won't it melts?
Matthew PATERSON (1 month ago)
As these roads wear they will be releasing micro plastic directly back into the surrounding land, focus should be on plastic elimination. This idea worry me and I'm sure it will come up and bite us in the ass in 50 years with someone discovering how damaging it is
Notmyrealname - (1 month ago)
Will it melt with heat and friction?
gourab Kumar (1 month ago)
This thing is done in india way before by Indian engineers
mohan nain (1 month ago)
Bbc news. . U r very old updated and too late. In jamshedpur city of India plastics roads are already exists from last 4 years.
Venkatesh babu (1 month ago)
Plastic roads are usually useful within buildings reach. And corridors for airports links of nearby terminals. Cross roads between towering buildings.
Eric Nelson (1 month ago)
I thought it said Plastic Robots!?
jagadeesh jaga (1 month ago)
The present road system itself doesn't have the capacity to observe water, so what will be the condition if plastic road comes? Is it water observable? And mostly in India we just try to cover up the road and don't care about the other things such as take care of tree and water ways. So my doubt is in what way the plastic roads will help to save the world? Or is it water observable?
RockNRoll 4Life (1 month ago)
Kill all them Prius users!!!
Anderson Kaczmarek (1 month ago)
The upkeep of these roads will be really high and we would eventually run out of plastic
Michelle Rodriguez (1 month ago)
Awsome idea....
Doubledipin (1 month ago)
make buildings from it, tools, utensils, fences, walls, poles. I bet 1 trillion dollars that in around 100 years almost everything will be made of plastic, and it will be a clean, long lasting, and durable, super city planet.
Minato .Namikaze (1 month ago)
Idc if it ain't possible find a way to blast the whole lot of the plastic into space
Sam Sala (1 month ago)
This is not a good idea.... What about the microplastic that gets created every day!!! whit the extrem condition a road is exposed to, the plastic starts to brake down and then you have microplastic flying all over the planet!! The only good way to get rid of plastic is pump it back into the ground!!!
Jason Sullivan (1 month ago)
people are making food through plastic.is that a very good solution?that this video give the people idea?
Balakrishnan Prakash (1 month ago)
Dump plastic wastes into active volcanoes
Everything Cool (1 month ago)
plastic is still plastic and it still going in to the environment and getting in our water

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