A Scottish company has had a breakthrough idea which could change the fate of our planet for the better.
So far, they have re-purposed 20 tonnes of recycled plastic into pellets which in turn have been laid as road surface. This equates to roughly 6,000 bottles.
In Elgin, Scotland, you will find a housing development known as The Linkwood Steadings which have newly developed “plastic roads” which are flexible, which make them more durable and hard-wearing.
MacRebur is the company responsible for the ingenious plan and they have mentioned that this plastic would all have gone straight to landfills or incineration, revealing online how the idea came to be.
“Our CEO Toby McCartney was was working in Southern India with a charity helping people who work on landfill sites to gather potentially reusable items and sell them.
“He noticed that some of the waste plastics retrieved by the pickers was put into potholes and set alight until it melted to form a makeshift plastic pothole filler. It sparked an idea to use waste plastic in roads here.”
It’s pretty fascinating as to how they manufacture the pellets.
“We take plastic waste collected from commercial and household use – the split is about 60 per cent commercial and 40 per cent household.
“We can use most types of plastic but it must be classed as waste – we don’t use recycled or new plastic.
“We then use a granulator to turn this into small pieces of no more than 5mm. Next, the plastic granules are mixed with our activator – it’s this that makes the plastic bind properly into our roads.”
“Our activator is patented and what’s in it is a secret! This blend of plastic granules and the activator – let’s call it the MacRebur mix – then goes to an asphalt producer.
“We make sure that all the plastic we use melts at a temperature lower than this – around 120°C – so it homogenises properly without creating microplastics. It’s for this reason that we can’t use all plastic waste but we can use most things, including black plastic which is difficult recycle.”
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