Abstract—In general, the quantity of plastics of all types
consumed annually all over the world has been growing in a
phenomenal way. The manufacturing processes, service
industries and municipal solid wastes (MSW) generate
numerous waste plastic materials. The increasing awareness
about the environment has tremendously contributed to the
concerns related with disposal of the generated wastes. It is
believed that the management of solid waste is one of the major
environmental concerns in the world. Due to limited space on
landfills and increasing costs of plastics, utilization of waste
plastics has become an attractive alternative for disposal. This
paper provides a summary of experimental efforts on the
utilization of poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) in civil
engineering projects, mainly in road pavement, cements and
concretes. Presented data indicate that use of waste PET for
modification of asphalt, cement and concretes improved their
selected properties, which makes economical this approach.
Furthermore, using of waste PET in building materials reduce
usage of new polymeric materials, which has significant effect on
environment pollution (e.g. emission of carbon dioxide, waste
disposal problems, etc.).
Index Terms—Bitumen, building materials, concrete, PET, recycling.
The authors are with the Department of Polymer Technology, Chemical Faculty, Gdansk University of Technology, Poland (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cite: M. Sulyman, J. Haponiuk, and K. Formela, "Utilization of Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) in Engineering Materials: A Review," International Journal of Environmental Science and Development vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 100-108, 2016.