UK plastic road company’s international expansion continues

MacRebur – the plastic road company that uses non-recyclable waste plastics destined for landfill or incineration and adds them into asphalt for road construction – is continuing to expand across global markets, with projects in development across a total of 31 countries worldwide.

MacRebur, who recently announced its expansion into the US and plans for a Florida-based factory, has most recently completed roads in over ten new countries, including three projects in Spain, three in Malaysia and others in Norway, Barbados, Japan and Estonia.

The company – which offers a green alternative for construction companies and businesses wishing to add environmental credentials to its builds – is also at very advanced stages for new roads in Chile, Nigeria, The Republic of Ireland, Colombia, Brazil, South Korea, Ghana & France.

Toby McCartney, founder and CEO of MacRebur, said: “Plastic packaging is a global crisis, and our continued growth into 31 countries is extremely encouraging – it means that private and public sector businesses are really starting to consider their impact on the environment.

“We aim to use local plastic waste in local roads, with each km laid using our MacRebur product using up the equivalent weight of 740,541 single-use use plastic bags. Put another way, one tonne of MacRebur mix contains the equivalent of 80,000 plastic bottles. For every one-mile, two-lane road, there’s a carbon emission offset of about 33 tonnes, quite incredible.”

All of MacRebur’s products meet various worldwide roads standards and have been rigorously tested against standard asphalt, bitumen and Polymer Modified Bitumen. 

There’s also a bottom-line benefit, as MacRebur reduces asphalt manufacturing costs, saving over £70,000 for every 100,000 tonnes of asphalt products produced.

Toby continued: “It has been a really busy last 12 months, despite some projects being put on hold due to the pandemic. As well as the new roads being laid, we have also signed exclusive distributor agreements covering Brazil, Colombia, Thailand & Malaysia, and are in talks with two companies in Australia about establishing production for Australian waste to be used in local roads.

“We’re hoping that once restrictions ease, we’ll be able to make even more impact internationally on waste plastics.” 

MacRebur technology means the production of roads that cope better with changes in the weather, reducing cracks and potholes.

Toby said: “Our roads are more flexible thanks to the properties of the plastic used in them, so although a MacRebur road looks the same as any other, it has improved strength and durability.”

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