Scottish company using recycled plastic to pave roads

A Scottish company has invented a way to recycle hard-to-use plastic into a material for use in paving roads and highways, everything Lubbock reports. The plastic is ground up and mixed with a secret ingredient to form a material that replaces some of the oil-based bitumen used in asphalt paving. The mix is said to look and feel like regular asphalt.

“It has all the ecological, environmental benefits, but to your ordinary punter, you don’t see any difference at all,” says Christopher Boyle, who co-founded the company, MacRebur, with Toby McCartney and paved his driveway with the material that used the equivalent of 750,000 ground up plastic bags and bottles along with other hard-to-recycle plastic. The plastic mixture is made at a plant in Scotland and then bagged up and shipped to asphalt manufacturers.