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Rs6.5b released to buy land for Ring Road

To get the long-planned, 65 kilometre-long Rawalpindi Ring Road project off the ground, Rs6.5b released to buy land for Ring Road by the government.

This was disclosed by the Punjab Project Management Unit (PMU) Deputy Director M Abdullah on Sunday.

He said that the proposed project includes the construction of industrial zones as well as a health city, dry port, bus and truck terminals and theme parks.

In a detailed presentation to traders of the city as part of a briefing session on the Ring Road at the Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI), the deputy director said that a proposal for rapid rail transit was also under consideration in the project.

He assured that suggestions of the stakeholders will be shared with the relevant officials so that they can be incorporated into the project.

RCCI President Nasir Mirza said that the project can prove to be a game-changer for Rawalpindi as the proposed industrial zones can turn the city into a hub of trade activities.

The stakeholders, he said, should be taken on board while finalizing the allocation for and demarcation of industrial zones, he added. The RCCI president further emphasized that this was an important project for the development of Rawalpindi and should be completed on priority.

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Economic Zones along Ring Road approved

Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) on Wednesday approved setting up of economic zones along Ring Road which will be controlled by the civic body’s zoning regulations.

This was decided at the 49th governing body meeting of the RDA which was presided over by its chairman Tariq Mehmood Murtaza.

Though the Punjab government has yet to start the process to procure land for the proposed Ring Road Project, the RDA governing body declared the area along the Ring Road as city limits.

Under the plan, Punjab government will execute the project through Lahore Ring Road Authority instead of Rawalpindi Development Authority. It has already notified Rawalpindi’s commissioner as project director.

Zones will be controlled by the civic body’s regulations

A formal notification for setting up of the economic zones will be issued by the Punjab government.

Future construction activities within these zones would be controlled in accordance with the principles of town planning and zoning regulations, the governing body said.

The governing body also approved RDA City, a 3,000-kanal residential project.

The project will be LDA-style and for this purpose governing body has made a five-member technical committee under the supervision of MPA Latasub Satti.

The committee will compile its report on the acquisition of land for RDA City project and other matters within fifteen days.

A short-term consultancy was also approved for this housing project to prepare a feasibility report aimed at identifying location suitable for the construction of RDA City.

The RDA director general presented each agenda before the governing body. Agenda items in detail were approved after questions and answers from various members.

Feasibility study for construction of metropolis zone along with New Islamabad Airport was also approved.

Besides this, hiring of a survey company was also approved which would determine encroachments along Leh Expressway.

Approval was also given to construct buildings on RDA approved commercial roads in accordance with the new building bye-laws so that the construction industry could flourish.

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Land acquisition for Ring Road to begin by end of the week: RDA Chairman

Land acquisition for the Rs 52 million Ring Road project will begin by the end of the week, Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) Chairman Tariq Mahmood Murtaza said on Tuesday.

“The mega project is being launched by the PTI government to ease traffic, control urbanisation and shift small industrial units outside the city under the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan on a private public partnership basis,” he said at a press briefing at the RDA offices.

In addition to Mr Murtaza, Water and Sanitation Agency (Wasa) Managing Director Raja Shaukat Mehmood, Wasa director admin and RDA deputy director finance Mohammad Junaid Taj Bhatti, RDA Director Planning Mohammad Ijaz and other RDA and Wasa officials attended the briefing.

Mr Murtaza said that since taking charge as RDA chairman, he has been trying to provide public service facilities.

“In order to make this effort a reality, standard operating procedure (SOP) has been set up to approve building plans within 30 days, change of land use approval within 45 days, approval of housing schemes within 75 days, digitisation and record scanning started to save office records and construction of one window has also started,” he said.

Rawalpindi Ring Road Project is being launched to ease traffic, control urbanisation and shift small industrial units outside the city.

According to SOP, building plan approvals began on July 1, the RDA chairman said that 135 building plans were submitted in the last two months of which 117 were residential and 18 commercial.

He added that the RDA has fixed a period of 30 days but has managed to approve 50pc of the building plans in half the time. Two applications for change of land use have been received have been approved.

“The RDA has earned Rs30 million in these two months. The early approval of the building plans has created confidence among the people. The people-friendly atmosphere will be further improved in the coming days and more facilities will be given to the people,” he said.

“We are also trying to bring maps, housing schemes and other services online so that the applicant can stay home,” he said.

On illegal housing societies, Mr Murtaza said that the RDA would take action and move the courts against illegal housing societies that did not obtain no-objection certificates from the RDA but launched print, electronic and social media campaigns featuring celebrities from within the country and abroad.

About Wasa, he said that floods came all over the country, but the Wasa managing director’s strategy and his personal interest kept a flood-like situation from emerging in Rawalpindi.

He said in the past, casualties including the loss of life and property, had occurred but not a single person died because of Leh Nullah this monsoon.

Mr Mehmood from Wasa said the agency launched its One Link bill payment service for the convenience of its customers, who can now pay their water bills through any bank’s ATM machine as well as using internet banking and mobile banking applications.

He said that with the signing of the online agreement, the online bank transaction will be transferred to Wasa’s accounts immediately, leaving no possibility for error.

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Punjab Govt approves Rawalpindi Ring Road Project

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister, Usman Buzdar, has given the approval to start work on Rawalpindi Ring Road project under Public-Private Partnership.

Addressing a meeting in Lahore on Saturday, the chief minister said that the provincial government will provide all possible support and facilities for completion of Ring Road project.

A comprehensive business model is also being prepared for the promotion of public-private partnerships in the health sector.

The 65.8km ring road will start from Radio Pakistan Rawat N-5 and terminate at Sangjani N-5. Construction of Special Economic Zones (SEZs), including industrial, educational, recreational, medical health, residential and aerotropolis etc is a key component of the RRR.

Earlier in June, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar had approved the Lahore Ring Road Southern Loop-III project which would be completed in one year.

Punjab CM Usman Buzdar gave the approval for the road project while chairing a high-level meeting of Lahore Ring Road Authority (LRRA) today.

An agreement will be signed between Lahore Ring Road Authority (LRRA) and National Logistics Cell (NLC) in a ceremony this month where the chief minister will be the chief guest.

CM Usman Buzdar said that the Lahore Ring Road Southern Loop-III will be constructed from Raiwind Road to Multan Road under the public-private partnership.

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Innovative Building Blocks are made of 100 percent Plastic Waste

Innovative Building Blocks are made of 100 percent Plastic Waste by ByFusion to make building more sustainable. The company created ByBlock, the first construction-grade brick made entirely out of recycled plastic materials.

What is ByFusion?

 

“We have been working hard over the past several years to develop an innovative system to help the recycling industry address the plastic waste crisis by being able to recycle plastics that were previously considered unrecyclable,” CEO Heidi Kujawa told Manufacturing.

The first thing you’ll probably notice about the large building blocks is how cool they look. Each one has a mix of vibrant colors because the plastic waste it’s formed from — like water bottles, packaging and other single-use items — is still visible.

Each brick is made by heating, compressing and fusing the recycled materials together. It’s for this reason that ByBlock boasts itself as the ultimate landfill diversion solution. ByFusion works with material recycling facilities, waste management operations, municipalities and corporate partners to upcycle their rubbish. The zero-waste process uses a whopping 30 tons of trash per month.

But construction workers won’t be giving up quality when they use ByBlocks. Unlike concrete, these don’t crack or crumble. You can peep a worker in the video attempting to smash one with a hammer — it doesn’t give. The concrete block on the other hand shatters after a few hits. Moreover, ByBlocks don’t require glues or adhesives, making them easier and quicker to install.

According to ByFusion, ByBlocks are ideal for sheds, accent walls, furniture, non-load bearing walls, privacy fences and most building projects.

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Impact of Information Technology on Human Resource Management

This is a guest post from Asma Niaz. Asma is an Academic writer at Zoe Talent Solutions and loves to write stellar content on various educational topics, programs, trainings and courses. Zoetalentsolutions is a premium teaching division, which offers highly professional hr courses to excel at your workplace.

Published 7/12/17. Edited 1/16/20.

Impact of Information Technology on Human Resource Management

Nowadays, entrepreneurs with business acumen have acknowledged the power of information technology (IT) tools for reaching business targets. It not only helps achieve the business goals but also optimizes the work processes.

Human Resource Management (HRM) includes activities such as recruiting, training, developing and rewarding people in the organization. HRM must aim at achieving competitiveness in the field of HR by providing constant educational and training programs for the personal and professional development of the employees of the organization.

It has been conventionally proved that Information and Communication Technology (ICT), such as the Internet, mobile communication, new media, and such in HR can greatly contribute to the fulfillment of personnel policies of the organization. Technological advancement can have a huge impact on the HR department of an organization. It allows the company to improve its internal processes, core competencies, relevant markets and organizational structure as a whole.

Human Resource must mainly be focused on the strategic objectives of the organization. These strategies must be led to incorporate an IT strategic plan for the organization. These are activities related to any development in the technological systems of the entity, such as product design (research and development) and IT systems.

Technology development is an important activity for the innovation process within the business, and may include acquired knowledge. In the context, all activities may have some technical content, and results in greater technological advancement.

Information Technology may have a greater impact on organizations that exist in a dynamic environment. This will lead to greater efficiency and effectiveness of the Human Resources.  Hence, utilizing IT application for database management and advances recruitment system will increase the efficiency of the business.

However, innovation in Human Resource Management can manifest itself in a number of ways:

  1. To identify solutions quickly and flexibly during a negotiation
  2. To identify new ideas for products and services
  3. To identify new markets

Innovations such as these are supplemented with Information Technology to create a positive impact in HR. Rosabeth Moss Kanter, one of the leading management theorists of her time, argued that the re-birth and success of business organizations will depend upon innovation (developing new products, introducing new services, and operating methods), entrepreneurship (taking business risks) and inclusive management (encouraging all employees to participate in making decisions about work).

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) can make the following major impacts in Human Resource Management.

1. Better services to line managers

Both HR and line managers primary interest is the success of the business. The human resource’s main function is to support the workforce needs of the organization. Strategic planning between HR and line managers is important for reviewing projections concerning future business demands to determine whether to train current employees, to prepare them for promotion or to recruit candidates with the higher level of skills to supplement the current employee knowledge database. Training and developing the line managers in IT tools will, therefore, prepare the line managers for a number of leadership tasks.

2. Enhancing management

Human Resource IT tools that can supplement management and enhance efficiency and effectiveness, which can lead to the success of the organization as a whole. For example, currently, SuccessFactors Solutions has developed an HR IT tool of talent management for Hilton Worldwide, which had a worldwide operational capacity. Organizations across the world are driving to improve organizational performance regardless of the size of the organization or the industry. Managers within the organization measure performance, sometimes by comparing it against a benchmark. They analyze and assess their findings and design their controls accordingly to advance the organization’s performance.

According to the Gallup survey, engaging your employees to organizational goals is the key feature of every business. The management should also ensure that all departments are improving its procedures and controls and targeting its activities on better achieving the company’s competitive differentiation through what the employees do and how they are doing it. These can be better utilized by customized HR IT tools according to the organization.

3. Effective recruiting

Nowadays, organizations have realized that effective recruiting cannot be done without the use of IT. Organizations now use job portals on the internet to search for the best candidates for the position. The process has been made effective with the use of the internet as many people come to know of the offer and hence increases the probability of hiring efficient employees.

Employers can present all necessary information related to job, careers and personal development of each employee on portals online. This is a great promotional tool for the organization. Currently, Envoy has developed Asana, an IT tool for recruiting that analyzes details down to where a potential candidate’s high priority values are. The HR IT tools not only help hire the best potential but also retain it.

4. Data management and critical analysis

Data management becomes easier when IT is used and it becomes paper-free. Many of the monotonous work is no longer manual. This increases the efficiency of the work and the effectiveness of it. Organizational performance can lead to the timely success of the business whether in a stable or an unstable environment. Jobs that do not offer much variety in their performance and are of a highly repetitive nature are disliked by employees and eventually results in low retention or decreased effectiveness.

Employee’s performance data can be critically analyzed by the HR IT tools more often if it’s online and becomes readily accessible to everyone. For instance, Zenefits has recently developed an HR IT tool, which has made Passport completely paperless. The tool is further hierarchy sensitive and pings the manager for approval once it is submitted. Thus letting an individual get rid of the hassle of filling the paperwork. Thus by developing this HR IT tool, Zenefits has helped Passport radically simplify and manage its HR internal processes.

5. Inventory management tools and human resource management

Entrepreneurs with business acumen describe that the performance of an organization can be made more effective and efficient by customer intimacy, operational efficiency, and leading edge. Customer needs must be met by customization and by providing outstanding customer instances. For this purpose, organizations use HR IT tools to provide a universal set of products and diversify the business by providing improved products and services.

6. Cost-reduction and efficiency

Considerable benefit can be obtained as various reports can be made using IT tools.

Xero wanted to save its resources and make them easier to manage. Xero then implemented PlanSource’s benefits system and ACA compliance technology with their payroll provider and now all their benefits are in one place and easy to access. This lead to cost reduction and efficient and work processes. Johnson, Scholes and Whittington have rightly said, “Poor performance might be the result of an inappropriate configuration for the situation or inconsistency between structure, processes, and relationships.” Organizational performance can be increased by implementing management by objectives and using a participative style of management through Human Resource Information Technology tools. The management of an organization is accountable to the owners of the business for the performance and the achievements of the organization. Managers can perform well and justify their authority only if they produce the desired economic results, for instance, the profits they have desired to achieve in a period of time. Management often uses the Operation’s Research to maximize the profit, yield, utilization and the performance. The management of an organization usually creates a measurement system to set targets for change and measure organizational performance.

7. Customer service and human resource management

Organization performance can also be described by evaluating the reliability of service and by understanding the quality of customers of the organization. Value can come from providing a reliable service, so that the customers know that they will receive the service on time, at the promised time, to a good standard of performance. As organizational change is inevitable, critical success factors and key performance indicators should be revised, and relevant Human Resource IT tool must be devised for the better quality of work.  Doing good quality work and providing quality results will increase organizational performance.

8. Career development and human capital management

The career planning tool is a learning and knowledge-based system that helps successful businessman around the world to manage their personal development and career paths along with those of their employees. Performance evaluation and career progression can be a key motivating factor for the employees to work effectively and efficiently. Performance measurement and reward systems in an organization establish views of priority i.e. what is important and what is not so important. Thus sound performance evaluation systems HR IT tool is crucial for the organization. The system must be a sound one so that people can rely on it. Rewards systems should be amended so that the rewards to managers and other employees are based on performance targets as stored in the HR IT tools. Employees should be rewarded for performance based on the desired behavior and results as per the HR IT tool database. Also, according to Vroom, one of the best management theorists of his time, instrumentality (rewards system) affects motivation for the increase in organizational performance. Managers must keep their promises that they have given of rewards for performance and try to make sure that the employees believe that the management will keep its promises. However, performance targets do not usually have to be financial targets. They can be in other forms such as recognition, promotion etc.

One of the major processes of HR is the Human Resource Development core process. This HR tool provides all information about the employee’s succession planning, evaluation of overall performance and the review of individual potential including the employee’s detailed profile. It also includes an agreement between the individual and the supervisor on business targets over a period of time periodically. Thus leading to a continuous development of the employee’s career. The great advantage of this tool is that data once entered into the system is stored in the database and can be attained in the future. This leads to considerable cost saving as well. Recently, Standard Life Group provided HR resource cost optimization tool to Oracle Human Capital Management Solutions. It is further contributing to the strategic transformation of the company by building the empowered workforce. Employees need feedback about their performance. Employees need to be communicated about their actual performance and their expected performance. In this way, they will know their own performance level within the organization. Bonus must be kept for employees who work overtime and provide efficient results. This HR IT management tool incorporates all such data.

According to the survey of 37 companies in Turkey applying IT in HRM, the employees expressed that their business environment satisfies them and they work efficiently. The survey confirms that these  companies use HR IT tools and should contain all HR processes which will sustain all parts of HR it means from ”Recruit to Retire” functions within the company.

Human Resource IT tools have great organizational effects; provide better services to line managers, serve as a pipeline connecting a personal policy and personal processes in all organization, facilitate personnel management in the company, provide important data for a strategic personal decision-making and enable a quick acquiring and analysis of information for HR assistants and reduce cost labors at performance of personal activities.

Globalization makes us realize how IT can contribute to the fulfillment of business strategy in the frame of Human Resources management in order to direct the business towards quality and to reach the competitiveness in the market. Research reveals that information technology sustains reaching the HR goals moderately and the precise plan of implementation of HR information system can significantly support HR strategy in the company to attain defined key performance indicators (KPI). This should mainly contain what has to be achieved. It means how he HR IT tools can support the KPI and which kind of HR IT tools should sustain.

The following was added 1/16/20.

9. Automation of HR processes

Human resource management is an incredibly complex domain that involves many processes. And it often happens that HR specialists spend too much of their precious time on mundane, monotonous activities instead of focusing on more serious issues.

The implementation of technology into the HR workflow frees the professionals from a great amount of routine work. The automation of processes eliminates paperwork, speeds up the execution of many tasks, and contributes to more efficient HR performance.

The advancement of technology means companies can use the latest innovations, such as machine learning to screen resumes and augmented reality to onboard new employees.

It is important to remember though that the whole HRM domain is impossible without people. A lot depends on the empathy and experience of an HR specialist, but the deployment of technology can significantly improve the quality of work of a single specialist.

10. Availability of HR tools

Some time ago, HR specialists struggled with endless phone calls, emails, and paperwork. They had to keep dozens of processes and tasks in mind. Now, there are hundreds of available HR tools that are designed specifically to facilitate and optimize the work of HR specialists.

The features of the HR software include:

  • Streamlining workflows
  • Organization and management of employee data
  • Creation of detailed employee records
  • Social collaboration
  • Management of payroll, vacation, and bonuses

The transition to a digital working environment enables modern HR specialists to perform certain tasks in a faster way and thus, pay more attention to such issues as the satisfaction of the employees, optimization of the recruiting and onboarding processes, employee motivation, etc.

11. Advanced candidate search

One of the main responsibilities of an HR specialist is finding and recruiting the specialists that a company needs at the moment. IT significantly changed the way these processes are approached.

First, the Internet granted HR specialists an opportunity to search for candidates worldwide. Freelance workers have now become a common thing, and collaboration with freelancers may be even more beneficial than hiring an in-house team. There are numerous benefits of working with freelancers: flexibility, affordable rates, specific skillset, and many more. In this way, HR specialists can fill the gap that their in-house team lacks and find a perfect candidate anywhere in the world.

Second, HR specialists can use advanced tools (i.e. Artificial Intelligence) to screen the resumes and pay attention only to those profiles that strictly match the requirements. This greatly speeds up the search process and helps to find the most suitable candidates.

Finally, HR specialists now have access to various online platforms where they can find candidates: Stack Overflow for developers, Quora for managerial positions, etc. The availability of such resources expands the talent pool and grants HR specialists new opportunities in terms of the candidate search.

12. A new way to brand a company

Company branding is an important factor in attracting and retaining employees. Thanks to IT, companies now have an option to build strong online presence and reach numerous potential candidates with minimal effort.

Thorough website branding and design, presence on major marketplaces and online communication – all these factors promote direct interaction between a candidate or employee and a company.

Social media plays a huge role in the company’s branding, too. Social platforms became the key source of information, and candidates are most likely to search for a company on LinkedIn than through traditional sources. Hence, companies should consider what kind of image they would like to build and what values and messages they want to transfer to the users.

Finally, don’t forget the mobile business applications. A mobile application is an amazing way to redesign a company’s brand in accordance with the demands and interests of a target audience, and add interactivity to it.

IT has greatly expanded not only the talent pool but also the way HR specialists can reach top talent and promote the company online.

13. Analytics grants access to more data

Finally, Information Technology granted HR specialists access to sophisticated analytics, taking their work to a new level.

Previously, HR specialists had to rely on guesswork and intuition when evaluating the employees, their level of motivation and satisfaction, and the efficiency of HR processes. Now, they can rely on the data and see all the processes and work results reflected in numbers.

With the help of analytics, HR professionals can track down the candidate’s journey and see at which point most people reject (or accept) an offer, how many people are involved in the processes, what percent of employees open their emails, and many other important events.

In this way, HR specialists can make data-driven decisions and use past experience as a base to redesign and optimize current processes.

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Australia’s New Road Asphalt from Coffee Cup Recycled Waste

Australia’s New Road Asphalt from Coffee Cup Recycled Waste

An Australian asphalt company is hoping it will soon be able to use discarded coffee cups to pave the country’s roads.

To make this happen, State Asphalt Services in western Sydney has teamed up with Simply Cups, a recycling program that helps turn paper and plastic cups into new products. The two entities were brought together by an organization called Closed Loop, which matches companies selling waste to companies that can turn that waste into fresh material.

State Asphalt Services has taken the different elements of used coffee cups — paper, plastic, lids, and liners — and turned them into cellulose, which binds a road surface together. A test strip held together with this substance has proven to be strong and able to withstand heavy trucks driving back and forth on it. “It’s a better performance product than what we were producing before,” State Asphalt Services director John Kypreos told The Guardian.

His company is getting closer to being able to use the product on actual roads in Australia, and Kypreos said the goal is to one day have a road made entirely of recycled material. He also hopes his collaboration inspires similar partnerships that can cut down on waste. – Catherine Garcia

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Plastic Building – Recycled Plastics in the Construction Industry

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The construction industry is one sector that continually adapts to fit societal interests and needs. Building materials change over the decades as useful innovations come out, and companies revamp their structural techniques to develop safer buildings.

As trends transform, more businesses are turning toward sustainable building materials to comply with consumer desires and LEED standards. Plus, their efforts contribute to a healthier environment.

Recycled plastic is one material catching on within the sustainable construction movement. With so much plastic already in existence, it makes sense to convert it to other uses rather than letting it sit in landfills or pollute waterways.

Several methods exist for integrating this material within commercial construction, and they provide benefits traditional materials don’t. More builders will begin using recycled plastic and other sustainable materials in the face of rising climate change.

How Does Recycled Plastic Work?

Recycled plastic is an innovative solution to construction, requiring less energy to create and releasing fewer fossil fuels into the environment. When it reaches the end of its life, builders can recycle it again, reducing the need to manufacture new plastic.

Builders should always consider the type of plastic needed for construction. All types function differently in various environments. Most of them react to changes in temperature, becoming brittle or soft, and construction workers must know which to use for the appropriate structure.

For example, one might avoid using plastic lumber on decks, as they reach high temperatures in the summer. Likewise, freezing climates can cause synthetic structures to become fragile.

The plastic resin classification system informs consumers and manufacturers of which plastics to recycle and how. PVC often comes in the form of shower curtains and tubing, and companies can recycle it into window frames or vinyl flooring. High-density polyethylene — or HDPE — is durable, cost-effective, and well-known as one of the safer forms of plastic. It also resists temperature changes better than other types, making it ideal for outdoor structures such as fencing and roofing.

Negative Impacts of Plastic Manufacturing

Reusing existing plastic would reduce the production of virgin plastic, which people often use once and discard. Scientists have researched the time it takes for plastics to degrade, finding that it lasts hundreds of years before disintegrating. Others theorize it never does. That’s a lengthy lifespan for a material that companies only began mass-producing in the 1950s.

Plastics break down into micro plastics instead of degrading. Many of these particles are so small they can’t be seen with the naked eye. Their tiny size allows them to infiltrate the world’s drinking water on a massive scale. A study conducted by Orb Media found 83 percent of their tap water samples contained micro plastics, while 93 percent of their bottled water samples also possessed these particles. It’s safe to say that few public water sources are exempt from contamination.

Virtually all plastic comes from fossil fuels, as 90 percent of ethylene — a chemical used in creating plastic — is sourced from natural gas. Fossil fuels don’t only cause harmful emissions, however. It’s possible that harvesting these oils heats the Earth from within, creating higher temperatures in places of extraction. Average temperature in the Arctic, a location of frequent fuel extraction, has risen by 0.6 degrees Celsius every decade since the late 1970s.

Sustainable Alternatives for Plastics

Companies created 548 million tons of construction and demolition waste in 2015, which was over twice the amount of municipal waste. Using recycled plastic in building initiatives helps these businesses decrease the amount of refuse taking up landfills.

Recycled plastic can be used for roofing, flooring, and insulation. Insulation containing plastic is more energy-efficient than the traditional kind, and it’s easy to install. Plastic roofing and flooring are also simple to implement within current building techniques.

The alternatives keep growing in number. In 2017, MIT students researched the possibility of reinforcing concrete with recycled plastics. They found that irradiated plastic creates concrete that’s denser and stronger than its traditional counterpart. While this possibility is still under development, the ability to substitute even 1.5 percent of concrete with irradiated plastic can have sweeping environmental effects on a global scale.

Uses for recycled plastic in construction and their advantages:

  • Bricks – easy to assemble, inexpensive, fire resistant
  • Insulation – saves energy, easily installed, durable
  • Replacing lumber – no need to spray with toxic preservatives for protection from weather and insects
  • Concrete – stronger than standard concrete, environmentally friendly
  • Roofing tiles – inexpensive, light material, quick installation
  • Ceiling tiles – inexpensive, good for insulation, long lifespan
  • Floor tiles – inexpensive, easy to clean, easily installed, retain warmth
  • Carpeting – stain resistant, recyclable
  • Windows – good insulation, long lifespan, recyclable
  • Fences – durable, weather resistant, no need to paint

Humanitarian Efforts in the Construction Industry

Blue and Yellow PVC tubes

Recycled plastic has made building sustainable, affordable structures a possibility across the world. Conceptos Plásticos, a Colombian construction company, has built classrooms out of plastic brick in the Ivory Coast. It gathers its plastic from the streets of Bogotá and is currently extending collection efforts into the Ivory Coast.

Plastic litter is not only unsustainable, it also contributes to dirty water and breeds illnesses. By converting this material to a better purpose, construction companies keep locals safe and healthy while improving their quality of life.

The plastic classrooms are noticeably bigger and cooler than traditional ones, and builders can create them in a matter of weeks. The bricks are light, allowing for animal or human transportation instead of trucks, and there’s no threat of off-gassing from PVC materials.

These school buildings provide an eco-friendly way to reuse the tons of plastic waste that Abidjan and other Ivorian cities produce — only 5 percent of this waste currently undergoes recycling.

Building an Eco-Friendly Future with Recyclables

Recycled plastic is an excellent alternative to current construction methods, and environmental strain can lessen as its usage increases. Companies will save money while developing energy-efficient and safe buildings. In a world where environmental concerns are on the rise, every solution counts.

Written by: Holly Welles

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First California Recycled Plastic Highway

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has repaved a busy stretch of Highway 162 using recycled plastic bottles.

Source: CBS Sacramento

First California Recycled Plastic Highway

To make the recycled plastic roads, crews grind up the top 3 inches of old pavement and mix it with a liquid plastic polymer binder made largely from used plastic bottles. This mixture is then placed on top of the road.

Paving one mile of road with the new plastic-asphalt mix recycles about 150,000 plastic bottles and is estimated to last two to three times as long as traditional asphalt. The plastic-asphalt mixture eliminates the need for double layers and saves dozens of truck trips, reducing smog and greenhouse gas emissions.

“We’re excited about introducing a new sustainable technology and helping pave the way for recycled plastics throughout the state,” said Caltrans District 3 Director Amarjeet S. Benipal. “This process is better for the environment because it keeps plastic bottles out of landfills and helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reliance on fossil fuels.”

Millions of pounds of plastic have ended up landfills across California and in the Pacific Ocean where it breaks apart and harms marine life.

Some environmentalists are concerned that the new roadway would create little bits of microplastics which could enter the state’s waterways.

Caltrans officials plan to monitor and conduct detailed studies on the plastic-asphalt section.