Well, we said it was ‘One to Watch’! Last year MacRebur, the waste plastic pellet company, was highlighted at the Global Good Awards 2018, sponsored by Revive, for its innovative approach to road repairs. It takes a mix of waste plastics, pelletises them and then adds them into the making of an enhanced asphalt road. The high performance asphalt binder is patent pending.
And this year it has been named as one of the partners in the government’s strategy to help future proof roads around the UK.
Indeed, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has announced £22.9m funding for new research and trials on new surface materials and pothole repair.
Real-world tests of new road surfaces and technologies in eight local authorities will see which emerging innovations provide long-term solutions. The Live Labs projects will be delivered by councils — including Kent, Staffordshire, Reading, Suffolk and Solihull and Birmingham — and if successful, could be adopted by other authorities.
These schemes include expanding the test of plastic roads in Cumbria, the project MacRebur is involved with; using kinetic energy off Buckinghamshire roads to power lighting and using geothermal energy created from paths to keep car parks and bus stations in Central Bedfordshire from freezing over.
Grayling commented: “Potholes are the number one enemy for road users and this government is looking at numerous ways to keep our roads in the best condition.
“Today’s trials will see how new technologies work in the real world to ensure our roads are built for the 21st century.”
Toby McCartney, CEO of MacRebur added: “We are delighted to receive this recognition from the Department of Transport who have been watching our every move over the last two years, to create more innovative solutions to using waste plastics to enhance the UK’s road network. We are on a mission to reduce carbon emissions by using our waste plastic mixes in the asphalt we drive on throughout the UK.”
The Global Good Awards 2019 are now open!
There are 13 categories to choose from including Environmental Behaviour Change, Sustainable Supply Chain and Good Employer of the Year. And remember entry fees are only charged when you submit your entry. There are no fees to pay for starting an application.