Our goal is to bring non-leaching plastic roads to Oregon by 2022, providing a local market for plastic waste and benefiting our environment and our economy. We are committed to making this dream a reality. We need your help to pay for required testing of this road-construction method.
Plastic Roads: We Can End the Plastic Waste Stream
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Plastic Up-cycling Oregon was founded by a small group of people who saw a need to minimize plastic waste through local projects. They enlisted the support of Recycling Advocates, a 501(c)(3) organization. These grassroots organizations are now working in tandem to facilitate bringing non-leaching plastic roads to Oregon.  

Why plastic roads?  

Because they effectively and efficiently sequester plastic. They also give us more durable roadways with fewer potholes, thereby lowering taxes spent on road repair. Plastic Roads were pioneered by MacRebur, "the plastic roads company" in Scotland, and have been built in a dozen countries. Road builders here in Oregon are excited to start using the technology to build roads here. However, before they can do so, testing needs to be done to get plastic added to the approved list of acceptable road-building materials. The cost of independent testing is $98,600 and will take approximately a year. Successful test results seem inevitable since a dozen other countries have successfully tested and built these roads. 

How do plastic roads not leach toxins and microplastics? 

Engineers have developed a proprietary product that chemically bonds the plastic to the asphalt and prevents leaching toxins and microplastics. In the other countries where these roads have been built, it has been proven that leaching does not occur. We are working to get this proprietary product approved in Oregon because of its proven non-leaching properties.

Can plastic roads withstand Oregon's rainy climate?

Plastic roads are actually ideally suited for rainy conditions!  They absorb significantly less water and are more elastic and more durable than traditional asphalt roads. They are also less susceptible to forming potholes and in the long term require lower maintenance costs.

Which plastics go into plastic roads?

Plastic roads can utilize all types of plastic except Type 3 (PVC) and Type 7. Plastic roads create a market for waste plastics that are otherwise destined for landfills.

Why are you doing this; why isn’t someone else?

Each state has different rules for road-building standards, and since we are in dire need of a viable and local solution to our plastic problem, we are doing our part to pave the way for this more environmentally friendly road-building process.

Is my contribution tax deductible?

Recycling Advocates is a 501(c)(3) organization, so your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. No goods or services were provided in exchange for your financial donation. The Recycling Advocates  tax identification number is 93-1003428 .

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