Traditionally, road surfacing is not considered environmentally friendly. Virgin asphalt production takes a toll on the environment, still they are leading the way to reduce their environmental impact and promote a more intelligent, cleaner and greener industry by developing innovative recycling waste reduction and materials production practices.
As they undertake all our cold milling works and surfacing operations on principal, non-principal and unclassified roads, they needed to find a long-term, cost-effective and sustainable asphalt solution for end of use waste streams.
They have identified the environmental aspects and consequent significant environmental impacts of our activities. The overall project was to develop a more sustainable material that would incorporate HDPE (High-density Polyethelene) and PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) single-use plastics or disposable plastics that would historically go into landfills. In addition, the asphalt mixes we produce will reduce ongoing environmental issues with waste plastic.
Three Winning Facts:
- Diversion from landfill – Overall across our two main framework contracts using our Plastipave product equates to 3,789,7792ltr plas-tic milk cartons and the residue of 123,509 vehicle tyres being diverted from landfill sites per annum.
- Carbon reduction – we have used Plastipave in 188 road schemes across the region for two Local Authorities in 2021, resulting in a carbon saving of over 534 tonnes.
- Collaborative working and stakeholder engagement – we have contributed towards the net-zero ambitions of both Durham County Council and Newcastle City Council, in turn providing cost savings that can be reinvested in other innovations.