90,000 waste plastic water bottles, which are made from non-recyclable plastic and would otherwise have gone to landfill or been incinerated, have gone into making the tarmac to resurface Wakefield’s car park – and it’s the first store to try this new, innovative design.
The plastic from the water bottles is ground into tiny pieces and mixed together with asphalt, a sticky, black, and highly viscous liquid or semi-solid form of petroleum which sets to form the surface. These water bottles are made from non-recyclable plastic which would otherwise have gone to landfill or been incinerated.
The new car park design is all part of Asda’s commitment to use less and recycle more plastic across the business – and in the last year alone,the retailer has already removed 6,500 tonnes of plastic from own brand products.
Daniel Hargreaves, Construction Manager at Asda said: “This is a really innovative way to use plastic which cannot otherwise be recycled and it demonstrates our commitment to looking for sustainable alternatives all across the business.
"We’re hoping with the success of this role out in our Wakefield store, we will be able to look at using this exciting and environmentally friendly approach to car parks across the Asda estate”.
The car park is expected to be finished at the end of this month.