Transforming LDPE Plastic Waste into Paver Blocks
The Sukhi Development Foundation (Sukhi) undertook a significant initiative with the support of the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) to address the pervasive issue of plastic waste, specifically plastic bags, in Mirpur City, Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), Pakistan. The project aimed to contribute to environmental protection by recycling plastic waste into paving blocks using an innovative technology, thus mitigating the adverse effects of plastic pollution.
A notable aspect of this project was the introduction of a pioneering technology that transformed Low-Density Polyethylene (LDPE) waste into plastic-bonded sand paver blocks.
These plastic-bonded sand paver blocks are not only a sustainable and eco-friendly alternative to conventional paving materials but also a creative solution to the growing problem of plastic waste in the region. The project strategically targeted urban communities in Mirpur City, where plastic pollution posed a considerable threat to the environment and public health.
To achieve this goal, the project established a plastic-bonded sand paver block manufacturing unit within the Department of Civil Engineering at Mirpur University of Science and Technology (MUST). This location served as a hub for innovation and practical application of the technology. It also fostered collaboration between academic institutions and local communities, contributing to knowledge dissemination and skill development.
This step contribute to climate change mitigation by preventing the release of greenhouse gases during plastic open burning. It also helps prevent plastic from entering into water of the Mangla lake and natural habitats, reducing harm to local wildlife and fisheries. The reduction in plastic waste not only helps improve air and water quality but also lower health risks associated with plastic pollution. The project indirectly benefited the health and well-being of the local population.