College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Paul Redden, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


Trash pollution is a serious problem that the world is facing and while there are current efforts to clean up the environment, there still exists the issue of what to do with the trash once collected. Waste material, especially plastic, is littering the ocean and poses a serious threat to wildlife. The construction industry makes a good effort of trying to limit its negative impact on the environment, but it can potentially solve the problem of pollution using one specific material, concrete. The best part about concrete is that its compressive strength can be manipulated by adding or removing certain materials in the mix. There are certain aggregates, such as plastic and glass, that are not currently being used in concrete mix designs, but could be added and only slightly alter the concrete’s compressive strength. This paper explores and tests the results of adding plastic and glass into concrete mix. The results will shed light on the idea of cleaning up the environment by putting waste material into concrete and drastically altering the problem of trash pollution.