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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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Parveen Singhal (5 days ago)
This video from bbc shows that even they feed fake new to the world, indian man from madurai has patent for this technology. So in the nutshell you guys only take ideas from country like india and bbc broadcast it as their own. How funny and hilarious it is.
Karine (5 days ago)
More roads = more cars and more pollution in a different form. We are constantly killing our planet and to this day no one wants to deal with the issue because its not convenient...it's easier to buy your fast food in a plastic container and plastic utensils because we don't want to ruin our manicures by washing a plate and fork! Wake up people...our world is messed and in my opinion it's late the damage is done! "We're not going to tell you what our recipe mix is" because it's another billion dollar market! Remember you vote with your dollar and everytime you purchase something take a look at how its packaged...if you buy that lip balm that has to comes in a complicated plastic package because "packaging and presentation is everything" then you took the vote that it's ok to do this to our planet.
Ebenezer Rangel (5 days ago)
Yes! Finally! I have always wondered, *"how can we prevent plastic to be dumped in landfills since you can not recycle plastic for everything!"* Now I see his great plan, less toxics will be on earth! Yes! Thank you!!!!❤
Yogesh Singh (5 days ago)
this is not your original Idea you have taken it from India
WORLD PRICE (6 days ago)
It's Indian innovation
Ravindra Vikram (6 days ago)
BBC do some research before making false claim, plastics have been used in India for few years now in some cases for road building and various organization here contemplating expanding the use.... Therefore, claims made om video are false and exaggeration...
Divya Mehta (6 days ago)
Indian scientist Rajagopalan Vasudevan even shared the "recipe" to the government for actual betterment not for profit earning.
TannervYoung (7 days ago)
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Mitesh Lad (7 days ago)
This is intellectual theft. The inventor of plastic road is an Indian professor from Tamil Nadu, India. He was the first to come with this idea. At least give credit to the real person because of whom world is getting rid of plastic waste
Māris Meistars (7 days ago)
there is a solution - https://www.mmeffective.com/planet/
youtubeboy (8 days ago)
lol, india adopted these technique long back...but bbc never showed. which proves that bbc never want to show anything good about india. indian have already laid more than 1 lakh km of such roads. and i think the guy was not inspired by seeing plastic on the roads India and all rather he might have seen indian building such roads.
Francis Lim (8 days ago)
No,No,No as its slowly wears out and ends up in the ocean again and in stomach of seafoods and birds.
CA Sidharth Gupta (8 days ago)
This is first developed by Mr. Rajagopalan Vasudevan, the plastic man of India. He mentioned this but not in detail.
Purnima Maity (8 days ago)
very very irresponsible reporting.doesnt make an analysis about impact of microplastics on Ground Water resources and surface run off water and top soil.Doesnt show the green house gas emissions created during manufacturing of pellets.Doesnt mention about the patent in Madurai,India.In india potholes are temporarily fixed by pouring gravels/stones sometimes mixed with tar/pitch.Never heard anybody pouring molten plastics into potholes.Completely phony claim.Today ofcourse most roads are build with cement concrete.It might b expensive.But saves maintenance cost.This process is hazardous and will cause a lot of environmental damage in the long run.
Milan Sinha (8 days ago)
Mate, you stole this one also from India like many others including the Kohinoor. Where would you be without us?
aviral verma (9 days ago)
Rajgopalan vasudevan from madhurai India already did this ....it's not your so called invention mate..I won't be surprised if u even win a noble for this lol
sachin pandey (9 days ago)
Lol it was first discovered in India By an Indian college professor He also PATENT this technology.
Universe Boss (9 days ago)
This technology was developed in india and inventor gave secret free for nationalized roads.
knowledge for you (10 days ago)
BBC did not telling truth . Plastic road testing begin in India by our indian brain.
Ujjwal Rana (11 days ago)
@BBC News: A minor correction, please search for the "Inventor of Plastic Roads" on Google and woah! IT IS someone else who deserves to be published here. FYI, https://www.thebetterindia.com/43685/plastic-waste-in-road-construction-plastic-man-india-prof-vasudevan/
Vince Hoang (11 days ago)
What a genious
abhijith omanakuttan (11 days ago)
And in India all new roads are made this way.
abhijith omanakuttan (11 days ago)
Here is real Indian hero who came up with this idea way back in 2002 https://youtu.be/4caSF9KdWDw
Dᴏᴡʟᴘʜᴡɪɴ (12 days ago)
A start-up at this point? AFAIK polymers in road mixtures is nothing new. I remember experiments starting many years ago in Germany to get low-noise high-speed roads for residential areas. Well, OK, I guess someone's actually gotta do it.
Steve Ross (12 days ago)
Corporate Capitalist at work keeping his I.P. secret to make huge profits. If I had an idea that could deal with the problems of plastic pollution and road wear I'd offer the secret formula to every government in the world for a one-off fee of £10,000 each at the same time. That way the entire world gets the recipe and I still get paid a fair sum for my invention. Fair's fair after all.
ak nayak (12 days ago)
You thief foreigners this idea has already been pantented by and india professor from kerela, india road development authority is already using it
reevus (12 days ago)
i dont think using plastic as road is good unless we know what your'e mixing, what if the plastic break down into micro component that will be wept away when it rains and block the drainage system or if it go to the ocean or rivers. just my opinion though
shubham sirauthiya (13 days ago)
He is a bloody thief he is not inspired,he just stole this technology from India.we indians are really so innocents that we believe in sharing.Is BBC kidding ,this technology is invented in India and being patented in 2002 and india has constructed 100k kilometres of roads.
this was first invented by an tamil professor in india ...not by this man....the road authority of india is now have patent for this,not this man
anonymous (13 days ago)
How fake this person is... bloody fool talking about the invention of Rajgopalan Vasudevan.. u westerners and chinese ppl always had this habit of stealing and patenting our Indian inventions and showing it to the world.. u ppl aren't worth anything more than 90% of equipments and facilities u are using either in ur domestic or public life has been made by us and yes that even includes facebook, airplanes and telephone.. bloody morons
Sintu Kumar Mandal (13 days ago)
This is a indian inovation
Mohmmad Abdullah (13 days ago)
Copycats white ppl.. why didn't he tell that it was invented by Indian professor of chemistry in South India madurai, already this patent filed by India and talking about ingredients in which ratio plastic should be mixed have been invented
Maria Rusova (14 days ago)
Actually.. Indian made first plastic rode..
sumit sharma (14 days ago)
Lol india has done it 5 years ago
Manish Kumar (14 days ago)
No problem India have the solution or ur mixture secret..to save the environment
Rohit . c (14 days ago)
Notion Pad (14 days ago)
India has already made plastic roads and the patent of this technology already registered by Tyagrajan University, Madurai.
NEW HEAVEN? (14 days ago)
Come in india we already have roadsmade from mixtures of plastic and note that the professor who invented this had given the method to india government of free
SeanTheGreat (15 days ago)
Harrison Still (16 days ago)
He's too close to the camera.
Ashutosh Gupta (17 days ago)
India already builds hundreds of thousands of plastic roads...give credit where its due...this is not a new idea that you have come up with. Just search Google
ACupOfDuck (17 days ago)
I have started doing my part in this, using less plastic. When i'm shopping i try to use less plastic bags. Even sometimes filling up every pocket in my jacket just to not have to get an bag. Even got so far that i bought myself a few reuseble bags made of fabric that i bring everytime i'm grocery shopping. Now a days i've even get this far that sometimes i don't have an plastic bag for my garbage! haha. Try do the same stuff. It's good for YOU!
ACupOfDuck (17 days ago)
What else could we do to get less plastic waste.. Hmm.. Let me think.. Use less plastic packages on items we buy? Nah.. It couldn't be that simple?
•Tomato • (18 days ago)
So how's the Co2 emission? Burning plastics?
Chenesai Moyo (19 days ago)
Cracker Boxy (19 days ago)
Plot twist: new stopping distances.
Pvt Ryan (19 days ago)
Is there any fear of these plastic roads and how it could hurt the environment more?
Gcras Ias (20 days ago)
this has already done in India, roads were built from plastic in Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Hannan Hassan Ige (22 days ago)
Soon plastic food
Prob_io (23 days ago)
And what if it melted?
Devansh Dixit (23 days ago)
Plastic man of India Prof Rajgopal Vasudevan has first got this method of incubating plastic in road construction back in 2011 he has already given the recipe and it's public and government of India has made it mandatory to utilise waste plastic in all road construction so you are big fake we already have the recipe for the same.😂😂😂😂 Keep your recipe to yourself
Tanya Abeyratne (24 days ago)
its secret because its bull
aktkit k (24 days ago)
Why are you lying bbc it is already discovered in India 15year back and thosi poly bags and pot holes are shown in video are also from India do some research .
msprincesss115 (24 days ago)
what about the little pieces that come off and break off? it'll wear off and degrade down to microplastic bits and pollute the water supplys and pollute the earth worse.. and would animals eat it? and would the summer heat make the plastic release toxicness into to air?
Simply me (24 days ago)
High temperatures in the road, different kinds of plastic... Different environments... Different FUMES from friction and temperature.... New levels of respiratory issues increasing slowly but steady... Just one of the things poping I'm my head watching this... Maybe I'm just silly but.. my concerns seem to me legit...
Simply me (24 days ago)
Very cool and interesting idea.. but for some reason which i haven't got my head around and I feel like it needs a long term research before going mainstream with this.. Of course it sounds a lot better than the current solution but...
Simply me (24 days ago)
High temperatures in the road, different kinds of plastic... Different environments... Different FUMES... Just one of the things poping I'm my head... Maybe I'm just silly my concerns seems to me legit...
Shangau Bisht (24 days ago)
This is not a good idea... First of all , roads due to being black absorb high heat and the plastic in them starts to melt slightly , releasing toxic fumes in the air ...also rain water passing through them could be contaminated slowly but surely.. I could be wrong , but is it a healthy alternative? should be taken into account.
yilong liu (24 days ago)
well done
Ali Kh (24 days ago)
Whether it's a priority or not .. it's a great idea
Super Cool (25 days ago)
Concrete road are best...fuck asphalt.. Concrete roads makes people conscious on how water is important.. plus it works long term. less accidents...better for human kind.
mark luma (25 days ago)
An Indian engineer a decade back developed this same technology but the corrupt Indian road mafia didn't want him to get this technique implemented...and got him murdered.
TsunDC (26 days ago)
You should make the recipe public
Tim Minh (27 days ago)
The priority to save our planet is getting rid of corrupted politicians and officials.
anony mouse (28 days ago)
Over time the plastic dissapears....the corn oil deisil...will be a multi purpose engine...of which can then take on the next process of assembly for the new infrastructure
anony mouse (28 days ago)
It's got to go somewhere...less tar and concrete plants and more waste reconstitution corn oil deisil factories ...to generate the plastic waste
Saksham (28 days ago)
The mixture he uses was way before used by the armed forces engineering college ,india to make stable roads and that was built around 10 years back and still is being used
Sam (28 days ago)
Make some of it white. That’s the new trend in city’s to lower the temperature, white roads. This guy has a great idea even if he doesn’t want to share the recipe. Either way he will help out a lot
URHO TM (29 days ago)
It's nice to know Gordon Ramsay support environmental solutions.
Adedeji Efunkoya (29 days ago)
Can we have contact to the waste management for partnership AdedejiOefunkoya@gmail.com
notsosilentmajority1 (30 days ago)
You can't blame the man for wanting to get paid. The fact that he came up with this apparent solution is wonderful. Let's be honest, as soon as the right offer comes along, ​he will let the cat out of the bag. World governments should be all over this.
lee macdonald (1 month ago)
Gaurang Awatade (1 month ago)
So this man is the only one who wishes to save the world. That's why he is hiding the recipe because if it falls into wrong hands it might be fatal to existence of mankind.
Askar baig (1 month ago)
@aurangabad #aurangabad city which is facing a lot of problems of waste we need to acquire this
Hassan Tariq (1 month ago)
Plastics erode and enter the water cycle so should be careful about these new upcoming plastic roads and bricks etc
Hassan Tariq (1 month ago)
he should not tell the secret recipe .. big corporations will just come in and he will be out of business
UTubeGlennAR (1 month ago)
Waist plastic in roads, a good idea, Maybe yes but Maybe No.......... However what would defitnaly fix all our problems for ever would symply be if we ALL Agree to Allow the Earths Population to Shrink Down to perhaps only One Billion People Globally For Eternity........ It is easy to look at the Big Puicture and realize drasticly lower Global Population is the ONLY Permniant Solution, yes plastic waist build roads may help, BUT NOT for ever. However it sadly seems our species is not smart enough to stopour un controled growth of people, cars, roads, plastic, CO2 ect................
John gulbarga (1 month ago)
1:44 Did he just say we won’t tell anyone. wow 😮 what a great selfishness Always think 🤔 profits
jellybuty (1 month ago)
*i mast hid resipe*
shaifali sharma (1 month ago)
He saw tonnes of plastic waste in India?? He also saw and copied the idea of making plastic roads from India ,and here it's not a secret everybody knows like he does ..😂😂it's also patented in india
Rajdeep Dutta (1 month ago)
We need more like this...totally support him
Derwin Shelley (1 month ago)
It's amazing how this guy gets critiqued for doing a good thing for the planet and making a profit from it. Do none of you understand that that best and ONLY way to really improve the environment is to CAPITALIZE on it? They're not selling their "secret recipe" because they're making a business out of saving the environment...duh! Why should he publicize his years of research and investment? Nothing wrong with this...this is capitalism at its best. Good for him!
Jean francisco (1 month ago)
He inspired by india full of shit
Ashutosh Bidua (1 month ago)
It's copied from Mr R Vasudevan
Weekly Current Affairs (1 month ago)
Only thinking about profit. It was proven that Foreign countries were ready to shower money to tell people, it was made by them. Such a petty theft.
Weekly Current Affairs (1 month ago)
This method was already used by India. Stop lying. Support from Nepal
Naresh Agarwal (1 month ago)
A similar technology was also formed by a scientist in India years back.. but i don't know when it will get implemented all over the world,nice job👍 You can share this secrets only with companies or builders willing to pay you for it... Just a suggestion..
Mukesh Kumar (1 month ago)
Idea originated from India but not implemented, now a foreigner is making name on it, Indian burocracy or babu, never gonna change
anis jerbi (1 month ago)
How to save the world? -make a secret solution! OBVIOUSLY!...
Michael Agius (1 month ago)
I hope this works and lives up to its potential
D Leong (1 month ago)
don't bother. we are doomed.
blackbunny (1 month ago)
Imagine if this is implemented in the US... this would be cost-effective to fix the roads. The question is...will the plastic melt under extreme heat from the sun?
Vinod Kumar (1 month ago)
It's the great idea to make roads using waste plastic....we can save our earth from Plastic pollution
Arnab Roy (1 month ago)
In fact, recycled plastic can be used to make practically anything. Even furniture. C'mon IKEA. We don't need to destroy forests to decorate our homes. The earth needs our help and we must sacrifice these unnecessary luxuries and do what helps the earth to live longer.
indianetizen (1 month ago)
This guy seems to be a super - poser and I don't believe in his daughter-teacher dramatic script... Too much to take.
Ricky spanish (1 month ago)
They wont stand and the test of time so no.
Himalayastar (1 month ago)
Excuse me .. the road made from plastic technology was invented by a Indian researcher and professor R Vasudevan ..
Davis (1 month ago)
But that doesn't change anything, by mixing it in asphalt, you just change the color and size of it. That's like dumping shredded plastic in the nature
Me Me (1 month ago)
It's funny how ignorant this guy is when he says, "Bitumen is extracted from crude oil and sold by the likes of shell and Total.." He purposely forgot to mention British Petroleum (BP) which is a multinational oil company that was responsible for the oil pollution in the gulf of Mexico that resulted in 11 deaths; 17 injured and tons of dead marine life. This company hails from his own backyard!! 2nd I saw an Indian company a decade ago that had developed a way to build roads using plastics...this is old technology and this guy is seriously in this for the money
Faidul Islam (1 month ago)
Great job, I respect him
Moaath MAS (1 month ago)
The plastic roads will melt in the hot countries!!

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