200 tons of ‘plastic road’ will be laid on a stretch of the N3 in KwaZulu-Natal soon, to see if it c

Hammarsdale Intersection, KwaZulul-Natal. Google Maps.The company which built South Africa’s first plastic road will soon start laying 200 tons of plastic-infused tarmac on the N3 between Durban and Johannesburg.The plastic compound is made from a non-food-grade recycled plastic – strengthening the road while reducing waste headed for landfill.The stretch of road is an experiment, to see what South African weather does to part-plastic asphalt.

Start from 10 September, 200 tons of "plastic road" is due to be laid on a stretch of the N3 highway in KwaZulu-Natal.

The recycled plastic is used as a binder ingredient in the asphalt and replaces a percentage of costly bitumen, while also diverting waste from landfill.

The project is by the same company, Shisalanga Construction, a majority-owned subsidiary of Raubex Group Limited, that in early August paved 80 metres of road in Cliffdale in KwaZulu-Natal with a mixture containing the equivalent of 6,770 milk bottles of locally recycled plastic.

That project is believed to have been the first part-plastic road paved in Africa.