In the U.K., there is a 90-foot bridge made out of 50 tonnes of recycled plastic waste. The bridge, which crosses the Tweed River in Wales, is Europe's first to consist of 100% recycled plastic. The structure was designed and built by a Welsh startup company called Vertech Ltd., with the help of designers and engineers from Cardiff and Rutgers Universities.
The ability to make a strong, safe bridge out of recycled waste is truly a huge step toward a more sustainable future. Rather than throw those plastic materials out and add them to the earth's growing landfills, they have instead been upcycled into a high-quality structure that won't rust, requires little regular maintenance, helps cut costs and significantly reduces waste.
The bridge was put together in less than two weeks. Vertech hopes to introduce its recycled thermoplastic materials more widely throughout the European construction industry, replacing timber and laminated products for more sustainable solutions.
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