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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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wang tie (17 minutes ago)
kezan yeps (2 hours ago)
Haha this technique was introduced by India.. Not this thief.. Using his daughter to tell a story of how he came about this.. India never gets the credit, bloody white thiefs and thugs..
NewTecHomes (1 day ago)
“Is road building the right priority to save our planet “, an interesting question!
Nina Svensson (1 day ago)
Says that roads are made of oil. Then says that we should use plastic. Not realising that plastic is made out of oil..
Dan Yerushalmi (2 days ago)
So, what if the plastic roads leached into the ground water and made us all sick!
Plastic Berlusconi (4 days ago)
This is an ADVERT, disguised as a 'news item'. The BBC are not supposed to advertise.
BaronVonSTFU (4 days ago)
Who goes out of their way to tell everyone that they will never reveal how they make the product? Seems fishy. Also still a start up and only used in one small town. So basically untested? Guess BBC is in the click mining game. Was hoping for something a little bit more substantive from BBC.
Yadir Mora (4 days ago)
Liz Jit (5 days ago)
please check out concerns in Trinidad & Tobago https://youtu.be/jCLYjxDc3Rk
D Rai (7 days ago)
Go to India!! Lots of oppertunities fore this and start ups
Ethun Hunt (7 days ago)
Its not you palstic road recepy.... India was the first country to develop this technology to use waste plastics for road and build 33 million kilometers of road by 2008.. And now in ur video u r showing india in a bad way and taking credit of the technology that u inevented it... Gosh! Thief and a lier..
Ak Noida (8 days ago)
First time plastic roads maked by indian man
Nimesh Patel (9 days ago)
No because it will leave micro plastics in our food and water supply
ihsan gene (10 days ago)
I hope you guys do engineer​ it to where the heat of the road can reach more than 200 deg...
Jayaram Putisari (10 days ago)
As we all know plastic products are varied and have numerous advantages and we all enjoy the utility of the products made from the material. Though we r quick to claim any credit for developing technology for recycling the product, our track record in collection and recycling of the waste in kerala and india is hopelessly ineffective and uncoordinated. We can see that the landscapes and waterbodies r defaced by the waste. Atleast i can say that the wastes gathered by me from household and public places around could not be disposed off for years now for want of a system for disposal of the waste. We consumers, producers and the administrations r equally at fault for gross and pathetic failure in this regard.
Tixo Moments (12 days ago)
to solve all the problems you not only need clean roads but clean cars that drive on them
Arun Bonal (13 days ago)
How will you improve the world without revealing the procesa
Space Girl10 (15 days ago)
Or you can just recycle plastic..
Zereko (15 days ago)
Just curious, what happens when the road erodes? Won't all the plastic go into the ground/area?
janyssah t (17 days ago)
I support this 100%
clam (18 days ago)
what a waste of plastic
Michael Heider (19 days ago)
How does it hold up to sunshine . Would love to see a road after 1 year
Saswata Ghosh (20 days ago)
India ne banaya hai haramkhor bidesi copy Kiya
UP CREATOR VIDEOS (20 days ago)
Plastic and Plastic road together is not safe for envoirment .. Banned it over the world
Haydn Payne (20 days ago)
This guy is gonna make millions... good on him
Joao Escorcio (21 days ago)
Toby McCartney open source is the way of the world...fuck you
shivangi verma (22 days ago)
Prof.Rajagopalan Vasudevan in 2002only has laid plastic roads and concept conceived in 90‘s.since then he is working on it and in 2002 laid the first road in Chennai.. And he is the Man behind this idea... He is the "Plastic Man Of india"...
Pamela Stones (22 days ago)
Wonderful idea!
MgX gaming (22 days ago)
Ive seen tarmac melt im pretty sure plastic would aswell
Miss Nura 21 (22 days ago)
What if it melts during the summer in places like Texas and Arizona?
Nika Holtzmann (23 days ago)
Stevie Wonder (24 days ago)
Drifting on plastic roads? Count me out.
Justin Gouge (24 days ago)
Well its a good use to repair roads, that much is for sure
Laurynas Tamošaitis (24 days ago)
No, they can't. This is just idiotic because all plastics degrade and turn into microplastics.
this is stupid, if you would gone to at least one chemistry lesson in year 11 you would have known that bitumen is already a waste product of distilling crude oil, so what is the point of wasting extra energy my melting down plastic and embedding it into the asphalt when we could just use bitumen, which i am sure would make up a more resistant road.
S Bhardwaj (25 days ago)
Jai ma bharti😇😍😇
Francis (25 days ago)
Fill the Road with plastic, what a great idea... please make it happen.
Santana Gonsalves (25 days ago)
White people stealing ideas again. The inventor is Indian and India has been doing this for years he also gave this idea away for free!
Amit Singh (26 days ago)
If the roads can save life of Human being then they can save the Planet
Kanha Superstar (27 days ago)
That's what they kept doing from ancient time, stealing our idea and labelling them as their's... This technology is already in use in India from past 5-7 years...
Piece Of Garbish (27 days ago)
As soon as he described the 2 world problems I laughed.. What a idiot.
Hassan Hassan (29 days ago)
Salty Indians in the comments
Yaman Gupta (30 days ago)
yes it will save our planet
EthaN (30 days ago)
Now here's what's cool he can use different colours of plastics to permanently create lines that don't go away
SkyVie G (30 days ago)
This is a wonderful idea because plastic is not decomposable and is tossed into the sea. This ruins our sea and kills aquatic creatures.
Alexei Strife (25 days ago)
...No. It isn't. This is horrible phony science that's been debunked for a long time now.
Sly Fox Duke (30 days ago)
The real problem is replacing the materials underneath the asphalt, the 90% that we won't be able to obtain after a long time.
Rakesh Biswas (1 month ago)
This plastic road method has been invented by a great professor from INDIA. Google it,you will get true answer
I3LINK (1 month ago)
Saying that using plastic in roads is a good way not to create waste plastic is assuming that roads are permanent. The reality is you've found a large scale way to use plastic, and when the day comes that these roads need to be replaced or renovated then you've got a crap load of waste plastic. I don't feel like it's a particularly good idea to find a new way to use a non renewable material on such a large scale. And do you think it'll really be good to live in a plastic city? No thanks.
sreenivasa raghavan (1 month ago)
Typical British, still stealing from India. the idea from Indian scientist and India built allready 1500km of road. this idiot says his idea and more over he blame India for plastic and potholes daam. India like this because of your ancestors idiot. now you are stealing the knowledge and claiming your idea. Cunning FOX..cheating is in your genes Britts..
Chef_jeff_gaming 2006 (1 month ago)
Do that so they dont ban plastic stwaws
John Baldwin (1 month ago)
Not just for tarmac roads but building materials like concrete, block, and bricks...I am a fan for the Solar Roads project that marvels beyond the old age of tarmac and concrete road...
Chad Allen (1 month ago)
Good concept, untill a very hot day. And the road melts. Morons!
DCED (1 month ago)
The issue is, the plastic remains and even worse was that plastic bags he was using to transport the pellets... @2:51 which is just making more plastic. Is it really a solution to the problem or a temporary band-aid that will also become a problem in the future. What happens if someone burnt the roads? do they melt.. produce a toxin, ect ect. Any important questions answered or asked?
Pallavi Singh (1 month ago)
It started from kerala india fake news
Sudipa Roy (1 month ago)
thief ..its an indian invention
Tom H. (1 month ago)
An incredible number of inventions were made by Scots or people of Scottish ancestry. Glad to see that tradition continues.
Sean Ross (1 month ago)
Although this idea seems to be a positive i am concerned that it may make the issue of microplastics in the environment worse as these roads are gradually worn down.
bolodotdk (1 month ago)
Nice commercial...
Diana Gvozdyova (1 month ago)
pius padhi (1 month ago)
It's already been in use in India!! UK always loots from India.. Ha ha
Yeah but, Y tho? (1 month ago)
This will just break down into microplastics and go into the water supply. Please don’t do this.
Ian van Broekhoven (1 month ago)
If I was as rich as bill gates I would totally support him.
Mr. Text Man The Sixth (1 month ago)
It would make things more colorful! 😄 Plus it would save us all.
Sounds pretty good
Elite Accord (1 month ago)
How about not using plastics everywhere
Onyinye Agbah (1 month ago)
Building roads may not be the main thing that will save our planet but it is one huge step in the right direction. We build roads every day and recycling plastics would both reduce cost and solve plastic waste. If 100 people work together to reduce plastic waste in such brilliant and innovative ways, the world will change for the better.
Pierre C. (1 month ago)
3:48 One PENCE? 0.0 Well BBC, your standards are now so low that you need an English lesson from a Frenchman: One PENNY!!!!
Y fusion (1 month ago)
Hero, save earth resource and human waste
streeteats (1 month ago)
I saw a news program that claimed disposable tires which are a major problem can be used to pave roads and last a lot longer than conventional asphalt. But the road construction lobby has blocked it from being used because its durability would cut into their profits. If any one can confirm this, please share.
steph g (1 month ago)
its not THE answer,but we are running out of natural resources, so its a good start!
a Al (1 month ago)
AAA OB (1 month ago)
more plastic more cancer , burnt plastic smells cause cancer im sure the plastic will react with the heat of the hot summer and create more cancer in people .... !!
Shubham Arora (1 month ago)
Western media just see the bad side of india and this is the indian patent .
LEBRON JAKE (1 month ago)
so instead of littering on the street the litter is the street
4johnybravo (1 month ago)
the medium such as rock or plastic is not the problem but the bitumous itself is the problem because roads get potholes and cracks not becuase the tinign rocks break and crack but because the bitomous gets cold and cracks, to solve the road repaving problem you will need some sort of more flexible bitonimus, or a flexible glue or epozy road to bind the medium like rock and plastic. plastic roads will expand and contract just like rock roads and they will crack and get potholes becuase the bitumous is the problem not the medium...add silicone or somthing to the asphault so it can stretch and not crack in cold weather.
Mike Andrews (1 month ago)
Only the BBC would think plastic roads would save the world. How's that GDP growth treating you?
Hasan Winchester (1 month ago)
Is trying to save the world but won't tell others how to save it . bravo
Dr Crow (1 month ago)
He just wants money if he won’t tell people his mix.
Steven Stoffers (1 month ago)
so professional and titillating. uuuummm.... saving the planet... wouldn't the lowest hanging fruit be.. air travel? which explains a lot of stuff such as how we got to where we are... and that plastic stuff is merely short term mementos for the universe to lament the loss of all things eukaryotic. a food chain this time, not food supply nor plastic junk.
Austin Pinheiro (1 month ago)
too much text words hard to gain information. how much plastic is in the new road compared to the 90/10 of the old ones?
Riri (1 month ago)
svs arun (1 month ago)
Hello genius.
karthik arumugam (1 month ago)
https://youtu.be/4caSF9KdWDw No secrets needed..
Nicolas Panayiotou (1 month ago)
Nice idea but won't the toxins from the plastic eventually seep into the ground due to sun and rain exposure?
Rishit Shetty (1 month ago)
India had already started making plastic roads,and there are hundreds of them. So this is not the first a plastic road has been made 🗑🛣
JIJO JOSE (1 month ago)
Great job sir.... Respect from Bottom of my heart ♥
Achak Atsila Tacariyah (1 month ago)
Aankur Sinha (1 month ago)
This is Indian invention
Frank STEIN (1 month ago)
Jake Jefferson (1 month ago)
Would plastic roads be fireproof? Cheaper last longer and combustible!?
Shiva Venuturumilli (1 month ago)
This is the most stupid idea. Any plastic that is non biodegradable is very dangerous. Now if we made that into road, the micro plastics are going to enter food chain even more faster. People don't think long term impact before acting. Stupidest idea ever.
justin credible (1 month ago)
Yeah I have a solution to save the world but I Am not telling you the secret until someone pays me...what a hero
Keiji Ikari (1 month ago)
This was good until the end, why did they have to shoe-horn a completely irrelevant anti-road-infrastructure agenda comment in there?
Fk Off (1 month ago)
*What about just going back to DIRT ROADS bcz I doubt anyone used to have a problem with those!!!!!! Riiiighhtt?????*
Nilesh Sawant (1 month ago)
Thiefs. It was invented in India. Stop publishing bullshit
Ringo Garvin (1 month ago)
Why try to "save the world"? Nanobots will clean up our mess soon anyway.
Grenherb (1 month ago)
plastic cant help anything period..
D M (1 month ago)
Terrible video - where is the analysis? How long does it last? How does it compare to regular roads? Cost per km comparison? Any adverse environmental effects in the processing of this material? Do micro-plastics leech into the environment at all?
JVONROCK (1 month ago)
No ! Because it’s Plastic.

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