What does it mean for the future? And for cities?
On a municipal level, incorporating plastic into roadways is a plausible route to pursue.
Iowa DOT works with the Statewide Urban Design and Specifications group, which works with local units of the government to develop standards and specifications. SUDAS makes it possible for municipalities to stay up to date on what the rest of the state is doing and implement innovative projects for the city or town.
Additionally, Reis advises working with manufacturers and researchers in higher education to continue producing cost-effective, durable materials that will have a better impact on the environment and the city.
“If China is no longer taking in some of our waste, then we’re going to have more. I think this has a chance of opening our eyes. In my opinion, putting it in a landfill is a travesty and where we’re not doing our due diligence. Our goal should be seeing landfills as a last opportunity for disposal.”