Could plastic be a greener and more durable alternative to asphalt for roads? One Dutch company thinks so and will be paving streets with recycled plastic bottles soon.

The construction firm VolkerWessels unveiled plans on Friday for a surface made entirely from recycled plastic, which it said required less maintenance than asphalt and could withstand greater extremes of temperature– between -40C and 80C. Roads could be laid in a matter of weeks rather than months and last about three times as long, it claimed.

Since the plastic is lightweight and hollow, it could also make utility pipeline and cable installation beneath the roads easier.

Read more about this crazy paving on the Guardian.