Enfield council uses waste plastic to tarmac roads

Signal of change / Enfield council uses waste plastic to tarmac roads

By Ella-Louise Micallef / 28 Feb 2018

Enfield has become the first London council to use a mix of asphalt with waste plastic to resurface its roads. The mix, developed by MacRebur, is tougher and more durable than the standard tarmac previously used by the council to resurface its roads. Due to the trials success, Enfield council has successfully secured additional funding from Transport for London to conduct further trials throughout the borough.

So what?

By using waste plastic for road surfaces it provides alternate avenues to divert plastic from landfills and the ocean, as well as reducing the carbon footprint of the road construction industry. It could also improve road conditions in the long term due to its improved durability, which should see fewer potholes.

Sources

http://metro.co.uk/2018/02/25/councils-tackle-plastic-waste-using-bottles-tarmac-roads-7341100/

https://new.enfield.gov.uk/news-and-events/on-the-road-to-reducing-plastic-pollution-in-enfie/

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