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Plastic: Powering Trump's Infrastructure Program

Feb 06, 2018

William Carteaux, chairman and chief executive officer of the American Plastics Industries Association, said President Trump mentioned in his State of the Union address that the plastics industry is playing a constructive role in infrastructure planning.

In a statement issued after the presentation, Carteaux said: "Plastic materials and products should compete in a level playing field that will eventually lead to improvements to the Trump infrastructure program. Plastic materials can perform as well as traditional materials , Even better, for the U.S. taxpayer, which costs only a fraction. "


PlasticRoad Alliance says its length of road is three times longer than conventional pavement and shortens construction time by 70%

Would President Trump want to "create a new shining path" across land? I would only say one word to him: plastic. As early as 2015, I wrote a pilot project in Rotterdam. The project uses recycled plastic bottles to lay a new path. VolkerWessels, a Dutch construction company, is a pioneer in the project. According to the company, replacing plastic with asphalt has many benefits: less maintenance, better heat resistance and faster paving - which takes only weeks rather than months. The company added that the pavement is three times as long as asphalt and lighter and more hollow, making it easier to install cables and pipes under the surface.

Each section can be prefabricated in the factory and transported to a construction site, which not only shortens construction time but also reduces congestion caused by road construction.

Since the publication of this article, VolkerWessels has partnered with Wavin, the Dutch recycling company, and Total, the French petrochemical company to set up PlasticRoad - a business case in progress and prototype for the future alliance.

Yes, it is not yet ready and there is a need for research and development resources, but this technology has great potential to help solve a few problems together. It is worth watching, is not it?

In this statement, Carteaux also appealed to policy makers not to ignore the country's recycling facilities when upgrading. "This will promote the reconstruction of our country's infrastructure and provide a unique opportunity for increasing the amount of plastic recycling in China and promoting market growth, and the state's efforts to upgrade these facilities will not only support the growth of the recycled plastics business, but also increase employment and reduce waste," he said.

Carteaux talked about another theme of the State of the Union address. He said the plastic industry agrees with the president's support for a strong mutually beneficial trade agreement. "The plastics industry in North America has been keeping pace with the interests of North American FTAs and we look forward to working with the government and the parliament to ensure it is as strong as any other trade agreement."

It should be noted, however, that in early January Trump told CBS: "I may end NAFTA or not, let's see what happens."

In a December 2017 webcast, Carteaux said: "The exit from the North American Free Trade Agreement will have an impact on the plastics industry in the United States, with a trade surplus with Mexico of $ 10.7 billion in 2016 and $ 719 million in Canada."

He added: "It would not have been possible without the North American Free Trade Agreement."