Feasibility of Waste Polythene Bags in Concrete

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Volume-23 Number-6
Year of Publication : 2015
Authors : Mohd. Usman, Azher Javaid, Sandeep Panchal


Mohd. Usman, Azher Javaid, Sandeep Panchal"Feasibility of Waste Polythene Bags in Concrete", International Journal of Engineering Trends and Technology (IJETT), V23(6),317-319 May 2015. ISSN:2231-5381. www.ijettjournal.org. published by seventh sense research group

Disposal of waste material like plastic bags is a big problem in a developing country like India. The polythene waste is a kind of non-degradable material. It does not degrade with time. If the polythene bags are brunt, then these cause air pollution. If these are buried in the land these make the land infertile. So, it is a very challenging task to handle the polythene waste in a harmless way. The only way to tackle this problem is to recycle the waste and use it for fruitful purposes. The polythene waste can be used to replace the coarse aggregate of the concrete. In the present study, the polythene bags are used to replace the coarse aggregates in the concrete. The effect of mixing of polythene bags on the strength of the concrete mix is observed and it is found that there is increase in the strength of the cubes as the amount of polythene waste is increased upto certain limit but decreases thereafter. The 7 day strength of the mix is found sufficient and within the permissible limit if the polythene waste mixed is taken upto 5% by weight of coarse aggregates. The weight of concrete becomes about 8% less on mixing about 2% of the polythene mix.


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recycled waste, polythene, concrete, coarse aggregates, compression strength