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Springfield Properties debuts 'plastic road'

Springfield Properties has claimed that it has become the first UK housebuilder to use waste plastic to build a road on a housing development.

The ‘plastic road’ — which reduces the carbon footprint by a tonne for every tonne of bitumen replaced — will be used on a section of road at the housebuilder’s Linkwood Steadings development in Elgin in Moray, Scotland.

Springfield teamed up with waste plastic specialist MacRebur, alongside asphalt producer Pat Munro for the project.

“The road in Elgin accounts for 20 tonnes of recycled plastic, the equivalent to 17,042 plastic bags or 6,000 plastic bottles, which would otherwise have been consigned to landfill or incineration,” said Dave Main, north managing director at Springfield Properties.

“Potholes are an increasing and costly problem, which plastic roads could help to address.

“MacRebur’s plastic roads have been through rigorous tests to meet British and European standards and are up to 60% stronger than our current roads, which should improve driving quality and reduce maintenance costs.”

Innes Smith, chief executive at Springfield Properties, added: “Exploring ways to protect the environment has been a Springfield focus for some time now, and over the years we’ve implemented a number of green policies.”

Pictured above l-r: Sarah Lakin, Dale Ashelford and Dave Main

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