Reliance Industries wants to shred light plastics, mix them with bitumen . Reliance Industries, India’s largest petrochemicals player, is launching a project to use plastics in road construction, amid growing concerns over pollution in the country of 1.3 billion whose major cities are often plagued with smog and litter. India, which uses about 14 million tonnes of plastic annually, lacks an organised system for management of plastic waste, leading to widespread littering.
Indians should focus on fighting pollution, not plastics, executives at Reliance Industries, whose chairman is Asia’s richest man Mukesh Ambani, said during a launch event on Tuesday. The company will seek to work with the country’s highway authority and individual states to potentially supply a plastics-infused mix to make some of the thousands of kilometres of roads PM Modi wants to build to upgrade its creaking infrastructure. Light plastics, the type used as carry bags or snack wrappers, are typically not viable to recycle and so end up in landfills, street corners or oceans. Reliance Industries wants to shred these plastics and mix them with bitumen, a formula the conglomerate says is cheaper and longer-lasting. Reliance Industries’ announcement comes as campaigners such as Greta thunberg ramp up pressure on businesses to help tackle climate change. It is happening internationally and now has started percolating to India too.