HomeDLSU Dialogue: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Cultural Studiesvol. 24 no. 2 (1990)

Analysis of the Effects of Plastic on the Tensile Strength of Concrete

Wilheliza A. Baraoidan | Marylou M. Uy

Discipline: Environmental Science



One problem the Philippines faces today is how to dispose of polyethylene plastic wastes (i.e. plastic bags and films, etc.), which are scattered everywhere. To remedy the situation, a study was undertaken to make these wastes useful by recycling them and adding them as aggregates to concrete with fiberglass as reference. Polyethylene is known for its high tensile strength, which concrete lacks. This study's main concern therefore was to investigate whether these plastics significantly improved the tensile strength of concrete.