UK company piloting plastic waste to build roads in SA

Potholes are a scourge on South Africa's roads and often lead to hefty repair bills for motorists when vehicles are damaged.

A UK based company is in the country to start a trial to build the first plastic road in South Africa, an innovative way to fill potholes.

Speaking to CapeTalk's Africa Melane, Toby McCartney, CEO at MacRebur says it collects plastic waste and uses it to build roads - dealing with the plastic epidemic and poor quality roads simultaneously.

Read: Why consumers need to wake up to plastic waste (and start recycling)

We take waste plastics destined for landfills and use them to replace the black oily stuff you find in the road.

Toby McCartney, CEO - MacRebur

According to McCartney, the technology is advanced enough to withstand the damage caused by heavy vehicles of the roads.

He says this is a cost-effective method because it relaces some of the expensive chemicals used to build roads.

Because we are taking a waste product that has no value and using it to replace a product like oil that has high value, we can reduce the cost of the manufacturing of that road too.

Toby McCartney, CEO - MacRebur

A pilot project will be tested in Jefferey's Bay in the coming month using waste material from the UK.

To hear the rest of the conversation, listen below:


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