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Waste Paper: A Possible Solution for Sustainable Roads

Tori Scott reports on how waste paper could be beneficial for making road construction more sustainable for the environment.

A fleet of tampons rest against a baby blue background

Photo by Levi Meir Clancy

Asphalt and cement, the two main materials used in road construction, are contributing to a range of environmental issues. However, Canadian researchers are in the process of developing guidelines to bring a sustainable use for pulp and paper waste products in road construction.

Although the production of paper and pulp is increasing worldwide, which means that waste is too, researchers at the University of British Columbia Okanagan are working to make this waste material useful in public infrastructure.

“Anytime we can redirect waste to a sustainable alternative, we are heading in the right direction” – Dr Sumi Siddiqua, UBC associate professor

More specifically, they are investigating whether