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Green pavements: reuse of plastic waste in asphalt mixtures

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Nowadays, the disposal of plastic waste is an issue of major concern worldwide because of its considerable volume and growth. An option to tackle this problem is to recycle this waste. This alternative reduces the quantity of net discards, conserves both material and energy and provides a comparatively simple way to make a substantial reduction in the overall volume of solid waste. The purpose of this study is to investigate an environmentally friendly approach about the influence of recycling different percentages of urban and rural plastic waste by adding them in a dry process on an asphalt mixture, through a comparative laboratory study. The resulting mixtures are analyzed considering their volumetric parameters and the values from diverse laboratory mechanical tests. The performance tests include, Marshall stability, Marshall quotient, indirect tensile strength, fracture energy, resilient modulus, permanent deformation and creep compliance, which were carried out on unmodified and modified hot asphalt mixtures. The obtained results are presented and discussed in this paper showing that the reuse of recycled plastics in asphalt mixtures is a viable alternative that contributes to the reduction of plastic wastes as well as the protection of the environment.

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Angelone, S., Cauhapé Casaux, M., Borghi, M. et al. Green pavements: reuse of plastic waste in asphalt mixtures. Mater Struct 49, 1655–1665 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1617/s11527-015-0602-x

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