Europe’s first bridge made from recycled plastic

recycled-plastic-bridge-structureIn Scotland, a bridge made from recycled plastic leads the way to civic scale infrastructure projects using recycled materials. A 90 foot long bridge made from over 50 tons of recycled plastic crosses the River Tweed in Scotland and is strong enough to carry load bearing vehicles up to 44 tons. The Scottish bridge is the first of its kind built in Europe and makes up the longest spans constructed from recycled plastic.

Vertech Composites, the company behind the engineering of the bridge, partnered with many of the specialists that developed the US Army Engineers’ thermoplastic composite I-beam bridge in Fort Bragg, including the School of Engineering at Cardiff University and Rutgers University’s Advanced Polymer Center.
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