Learn English with the News – California Highway Becomes First US State Road Made From Recycled Plastic

While sticking to the norm is a pretty typical M.O. for construction companies, one in California has decided to make a road completely from recycled plastic. Could this be a step towards a greener construction industry, and future with better waste disposal?

The news is a consistent source of entertainment, knowledge and discovery that never ceases to exist and always comes out with more and more material each day. Because it plays such a vital part in our lives and is so important to keep up with, it is without a doubt a piece of your everyday routine that can’t go ignored. 

Whether it is to understand the ramifications of recent legislation passed, to hear about recent events and grasp the potential consequences to your country, or simply hear about what is happening in other countries in order to compare them to what’s happening in yours, the news is certainly a staple in our lives and the most consistent way to get information.

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California Highway Becomes First US State Road Made From Recycled Plastic | Definitions Quiz

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California Highway Becomes First US State Road Made From Recycled Plastic | True or False

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“It may look like just ordinary paved road, but it’s actually being hailed as the first mile of recycled plastic highway on a state road anywhere in the U.S. Using more than 150,000 single-use plastic bottles, sustainable landscaping company TechniSoil partnered with state transit officials to create the one-mile road with three lanes in July 2020. According to CalTrans (California Department of Transportation), which already has slated the material for use throughout the state, the eco-friendly road formula has been shown to be 2-3 times more durable than traditional asphalt pavement. Not only is the formula more durable, Technisoil officials say the procedure generates 90% less greenhouse gas emissions than the process currently used by Caltrans. The company says that they have already begun working on launching additional plastic road projects across California. “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.” The state government has faith in this new system and believes it is an innovative step towards the future. Given that it has stronger features than normal asphalt, it looks like it’s here to stay.”