11/15/2012 06:43 EST | Updated 01/15/2013 05:12 EST

Vancouver is using blue-box plastic with asphalt to pave city streets

VANCOUVER - It may still look like tar-black road asphalt, but the ingredients in a mixture used by Vancouver paving crews is actually green.

The City of Vancouver is experimenting with a new asphalt recipe along a city street that includes plastics from the household recycle bin.

Peter Judd, the general manager of engineering services in Vancouver, says the idea is win, win, win for the city.

Judd says they're saving on greenhouse gases, cutting down on plastic from the blue bin and chopping vapour emitted from the paving process because the asphalt is cooler.

He says the new method brings the city one step closer to becoming the greenest in the world.