PlasticRoad - An Innovative, Sustainable Solution in Road Technology

Envision a road created out of recycled plastic, that can be built in only a matter of days and that can last three times longer than a traditional road. A road that allows excess water to drain quickly and has a built-in solution for pipes and cables. KWS, a VolkerWessels company, Wavin and Total have been working on the development of the first PlasticRoad.  

The PlasticRoad concept is a brainchild of KWS. The company had a close look at road-related problems such as the erosion of roads from weather and flooding, as well as the continuous need for maintenance and repair. These issues are costly and cause frustration, not to mention the potential safety issues due to potholes and road cracks.


Striving for circularity

So, with plastic waste available in abundance, the idea of a road made – not from asphalt – but from recycled plastic begins to make a lot of sense. Additionally, switching from asphalt to plastic roads will reduce the carbon dioxide emissions when compared to traditional road construction. Concerns about water permeability and road flatness are addressed with the development of the first PlasticRoad concept. The goal is to use recycled plastic as much as possible, with every element designed to make its application completely circular. Wavin, with sustainability at the heart of its corporate philosophy, is proud to be a PlasticRoad partner.

Coming up


From idea to reality


The first ever PlasticRoad bike path will be unveiled on September 11, 2018 – in Zwolle. The province of Overijssel and the municipality of Zwolle see great potential in the PlasticRoad as a solution for the challenges of the future. They welcome the unique opportunity to test the technical and economic feasibility of this innovative pilot road project.

The PlasticRoad bike path is the first step in the ongoing journey towards building sustainable roads. Today, we designed and built a bike path. And tomorrow? Well, the future looks bright for PlasticRoad. We look forward to taking the concept to the next level.

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The world's first PlasticRoad is now open! 

On September 11, 2018, the PlasticRoad – a collaboration between industry leaders KWS, Wavin and Total – was officially launched in Zwolle, home to Wavin’s corporate headquarters.   

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PlasticRoad goes viral on social media!

When news came out that KWS (a VolkerWessels company), Wavin and Total were joining forces to develop a PlasticRoad prototype, the social media channels exploded with positive feedback. The response has been overwhelming

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The densely-populated urban landscape of asphalt, brick, metal and dark rooftops soaks up an enormous amount of energy from sunlight – reflecting even more light. This energy absorption leads cities experiencing higher-than-normal heat temperatures. Wavin is a serious influencer in the movement towards urban climate resilience and so we’ve put together some tips on how to reduce heat stress in cities and towns across the continent.

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A collaborative effort

In 2016, KWS entered into a partnership with Wavin and Total for further development of the PlasticRoad concept and prototype – specifically, a bicycle path. Each market leader brings their own expertise and experience to the table. Wavin, with its knowledge base and industry leadership in recycled plastic pipe systems, is a natural choice as partner.

Cities of the future

Creating roads out of recycled plastic is one of many ways in which cities can work towards building a more sustainable future. Are you interested to see more Wavin solutions that can help future proof your city and its sewer and stormwater systems? Please click HERE.

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