The world has about 24.8 million miles of roads that required hundreds of millions of barrels of oil for development. Engineer Toby McCartney, founder of Scotland-based MacRebur, came up with a solution to reduce the waste of oil in roadway building while solving the growing problem of plastic pollution. His company is using recycled plastic and other waste to make new roads. These roads are about 60% stronger than regular asphalt roads and last around 10 times longer.
McCartney and his partners, Nick Burnett and Gordon Reid, call the product MR6. MR6 is made from waste – household, plastic, farm, and commercial waste. Most of the waste would end up in landfills if not for this solution.
Generally, roads are made from 90% rock, sand, and limestone, and 10% bitumen – a material that is made from oil to hold the streets together. MR6 replaces bitumen and gets mixed into asphalt. According to MacRebur, MR6 roads are less likely to crack and have less tire resistance which could help improve fuel.
Currently, the roads are being tested or used in Cumbria County in northwest England, Holland, and Iceland.
According to Ice News, “The first results are positive and encourage further research. If possible, this solution could be extremely beneficial for the environment and save the Icelandic state millions Icelandic krona as this solution would be cheaper for them than using traditional tarmac according to Monitor.”