Concoction of Plastc and Bitumen with Laterite Soil as a Brick
This paper deals the issue of recycling waste plastic by considering the feasibility of use of PET bricks for constructional purposes. The PET bricks are formed by packing plastic within Polyethylene Terephthalate bottles. Guidelines were provided for the construction of these bricks. Experiments were carried out to characterize some of the properties of these bricks. Compression test, sound insulation assessment and water absorption were considered in this regard and compared with traditional construction materials and conditions. Possible applications of PET bricks were discussed. The paper presents the first attempt to characterize these bricks and the results encourage future use of them to a significantly wider extent and for various purposes.
Index terms: PET Bricks, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Laterite soil, Bitumen, Plastic water bottles.