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A tech­nol­ogy proven in Eng­land and In­dia

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The firm behind “plas­tic roads” has urged Scot­tish au­thor­i­ties to catch up with their coun­ter­parts south of the bor­der in real­is­ing the po­ten­tial of the tech­nol­ogy.

MacRe­bur was formed in 2016 to de­velop re­cy­cling tech­niques one of its founders had wit­nessed in ac­tion on roads in In­dia.

Tra­di­tion­ally, an as­phalt mix used to resur­face a road will con­tain crushed rock, sand and bi­tu­men.

How­ever, the new process sub­sti­tutes part of the bi­tu­men with re­cy­cled plas­tic.

In a pre­sen­ta­tion to High­land Coun­cil in the sum­mer, MacRe­bur rep­re­sen­ta­tives said one tonne of re­cy­cled plas­tic was used in ev­ery 330 tonnes of as­phalt.

The com­pany also says that for ev­ery tonne of prod­uct used, the equiv­a­lent weight of mixed plas­tic of 80,000 bot­tles is saved from land­fill or in­cin­er­a­tion.

Cum­bria County Coun­cil be­came the first au­thor­ity in Eng­land to in­cor­po­rate the plas­tic-based ma­te­rial into the stan­dard as­phalt

“English and Welsh coun­cils are far more proac­tive”

used to resur­face a small sec­tion of the A6 in Carlisle in late 2016.

And in Au­gust 2018, Durham County Coun­cil laid a sec­tion of the A689 near Sedge­field us­ing the plas­tic ad­di­tive.

Locker­bie-based MacRe­bur was also in­volved in cre­at­ing a car park at the P&J Live venue in Aberdeen us­ing plas­tic, as well as a sec­tion of road in an El­gin hous­ing de­vel­op­ment and has been in­volved in tri­als in Ayr­shire.

How­ever, the firm’s con­tracts man­ager Sarah Lakin said: “English and Welsh coun­cils are far more proac­tive in de­vel­op­ing the use of MacRe­bur prod­ucts.

“If we are deemed to meet the ac­cept­able stan­dards in Eng­land and Wales, then the same stan­dards ap­ply to Scot­land.

“In Eng­land we are al­ready writ­ten in to coun­cil frame­works, so we do not un­der­stand why this is not cur­rently hap­pen­ing in the public sec­tor Scot­land.

“Dur­ing this ‘trial’ process we con­tinue to de­velop the pri­vate mar­ket in Scot­land,” added Ms Lakin.

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