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Dutch cyclists can now ride down a recycled plastic bike path
18/11/2018

When it comes to recycling plastic waste, the Dutch are a pretty inventive bunch.

We’ve seen office furniture fashioned from waste recovered from Amsterdam’s canals by folks in boats made from plastic trash, street furniture made from the stuff in the capital too, and household waste recycled into a temporary pavilion for Dutch Design Week.

Now the first cycle path constructed using recycled plastic has opened in the municipality of Zwolle in the northeastern Netherlands.

The PlasticRoad concept is the brainchild of Anne Koudstaal and Simon Jorritsma from engineering firm KWS, who first sketched an outline in 2013. But it wasn’t until 2016 that KWS partnered with pipe manufacturer Wavin and oil/gas giant Total to move the project forward.

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