Use of Waste Plastics for the Enhancement of Soil Properties : A Recent Advancement in Geotechnical Engineering

Use of Waste Plastics for the Enhancement of Soil Properties : A Recent Advancement in Geotechnical Engineering
Authors : Anzar Hamid
Publication Date: 10-07-2017


Author(s):  Anzar Hamid

Published in:   International Journal of Engineering Research & Technology

License:  This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Website: www.ijert.org

Volume/Issue:   Volume. 6 - Issue. 07 , July - 2017

e-ISSN:   2278-0181

 DOI:  http://dx.doi.org/10.17577/IJERTV6IS070079


Waste plastic is commonly used for shopping bags, storage and marketing for various purposes due to its most advantage character of less volume and weight. Most of these plastic are specifically made for spot use, having short life span and are being discarded immediately after use. Though, at many places waste plastics are being collected for recycling or reuse, however; the secondary markets for reclaimed plastics have not developed as recycling program. Therefore, the quantity of plastics that is being currently reused or recycled is only a fraction of the total volume produced every year. The estimated municipal solid waste production in India up to the year 2000 was of the order of 39 million tons per year. From this plastics constitute around 4 % of the total waste. With the few reasons cited above, it is very important that we find ways to re-utilize these plastic wastes. Therefore, the investigation and attempt has been made to demonstrate the potential of reclaimed plastic wastes as soil reinforcement for improving the sub grade soils and maintain the stability of embankments. The study will describe series of tests carried out to initially understand the types of soil and its properties. Then various test were carried out with varying percentage of plastic strips mixed uniformly with the soil .The results obtained from the tests will be presented and discussed.


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