Badung, Bali (ANTARA) - Director of Road and Bridge Engineering of the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) Yudha Handita Pandjiriawan inaugurated a road built from plastic asphalt as a learning center in Jimbaran Village, Badung.

Pandjiriawan lauded the positive collaboration of PT Chandra Asri Pasific, ASECH, and Jimbaran Hijau in this learning center to help the government manage plastic waste and repurpose it to build infrastructure.

"We have instructed our offices throughout Indonesia to apply this plastic asphalt. However, collecting plastic is difficult. I lauded the work of our collaborators in this project," he remarked in Bali on Wednesday.

Since 2017, the ministry has issued the results of research on the use of plastic waste as an additive in asphalt mixtures. The results are contained in a special specification guide for use by the asphalt manufacturing industry.

"The optimum is six percent plastic in the mixture, so it cannot crack easily. The plastic particle must be fine so that it can be easily mixed up," he explained.

His side is optimistic that the plastic asphalt road infrastructure, which has become a learning center, will continue to operate and be emulated by other companies.

Meanwhile, Circular Economy and Partnership Manager PT Chandra Asri Pasific Tbk, Nicko Setyabudi, remarked that the learning center has a 450-meter-long plastic asphalt.

"It used around 200 kilograms of plastic waste originating from Buleleng, local traders, and asphalt manufacturers in Bali," he explained.

Setyabudi affirmed that the use of plastic in asphalt road construction can maintain the quality and extend the service life of the road, apart from having an economic impact on the waste collector community.

He expressed hope that the regional government would show interest in building longer plastic asphalt roads in the future.

Before this project, Setyabudi said his side had built 120.8 km of plastic asphalt roads spread across Java Island.

"Hopefully, this plastic asphalt road in Bali can be a lesson, especially for local governments, regarding the mixing of plastic asphalt. In the future, (the availability and use of) this plastic asphalt will depend on the local government. The longer they make it, the more waste will be managed," he revealed.

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