Motorists in County Durham are now driving along on a 'Plastic Road'
Rainton Construction has, this week, installed a newly formulated Asphalt product containing recycled plastic products.
The scheme, on the A689 dual carriageway linking the A19 and the A1 in County Durham, was resurfaced on 14th August using a new product containing 6.5 tonnes of recycled plastic, which is equivalent to 60,000 plastic shopping bags.
The plastic element is sourced from Scottish firm MacRebur who have developed a process that turns waste packaging and insulation, that wouldn't usually be recycled, into a plastic crumb that can be mixed into the asphalt. This process reduces the quantity of new bitumen required, thus reducing the carbon footprint of road surfacing by, on average, a tonne of carbon dioxide for every tonne of bitumen that would have been used.
Dave Wykes, MacRebur's Business Development Manager said: 'We have supplied our products to a number of local authorities in the UK and internationally, but this resurfacing scheme in County Durham is the largest we have been involved with in England'
The new surface, looks no different to a normal road but should be more durable and longer lasting.
Dave Elliott, managing director at Rainton Construction said: 'We are delghted to be working jointly with Durham County Council and MacRebur in this exciting and innovative approach to road surfacing. We look forward to rolling out the 'plastic' approach in other highway schemes in the coming years'
Please follow the link below to read the Durham County Council statement: