// Asda transforms 90,000 plastic water bottles into tarmac to resurface its Wakefield car park
// The bottles would have otherwise gone to landfill or incineration
// The initiative could be rolled out in other car parks of its stores
Asda has utilised 90,000 plastic water bottles to resurface the car park of its Wakefield store as the grocer finds news ways to recycle.
The bottles, which were turned into tarmac, would have otherwise gone to landfill or incineration.
The plastic was ground to tiny pieces and then mixed with asphalt, which sets to form the tarmac.
Asda said the use of plastic bottles reduced the amount of virgin petroleum needed in the process – thus reducing the carbon footprint.
It added that the initiative could be used in other car parks across its store estate.
“This is a really innovative way to use plastic which cannot otherwise be recycled, and it demonstrates our commitment to looking for sustainable alternatives all across the business,” Asda construction manager Daniel Hargreaves said.
Asda said it has scrapped 6500 tonnes of plastic from own-brand products over the past year.
Moreover, on July 31, Asda will remove plastic carrier bags that it currently uses for online orders in a bid to save over 500 tonnes of plastic each year.
The initiative means online deliveries will arrive to customers without bags, as Asda plans to remove around 85 million plastic bags from production each year.