TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Government began to build roads using plastic waste mixed with asphalt in Jimbaran, Bali, on Saturday (29/7). Deputy coordinating minister of maritime affairs Safri Burhanuddin said that this technology is applicable to all roads in Indonesia.
"This technology is pretty simple, anyone can do it," Safri Burhanuddin said on Sunday (30/7).
Safri continued that his unit works with Indonesia Plastic Recycling Association (Adupi) to anticipate plastic waste supply used in asphalt mix. "Adupi operates in 16 cities and has fully committed to supply plastic waste from the cities."
This technology of using plastic waste in asphalt mix was invented by an Indian Chemistry scientist Rajagopalan Vasudevan in 2015. Today, India has built more than 25 thousand kilometers of roads with this technology.
Earlier this year, last June, Coordinating Maritime Ministry and Rajagopalan Vasudevan have signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) to transfer the technology and to use the patent of this technology.