Recycling of Plastics for Low Cost Construction

Muyiwa Oyinlola, Timothy Whitehead

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The impact of waste plastics has been a key part of the environmental discourse in recent years and prominent environmentalists/sustainable development scholars have called for urgent action. This article discusses some of the innovative ways plastics have been used in low cost construction in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs). It highlights the main benefits of using plastics in construction as well as identifies current gaps in the literature. Utilizing plastics for low cost construction has implications for sustainable waste management and adequate housing in Low and Middle Income Communities of LMICs.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Renewable and Sustainable Materials
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 1-5
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780128131961
ISBN (Print)9780128131954
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jan 2020


  • Bottle house
  • Circular economy
  • Circular plastic
  • Eco bricks
  • Low cost construction
  • Low income communities
  • Plastic waste
  • Recycling
  • Sustainable development
  • Sustainable housing
  • Upcycling


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