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Swiss village trials plastic roads

By Fiona Reid
Swiss village trials plastic roads

SWITZERLAND has become the latest country to embrace plastic roads technology made in Lockerbie.

A road junction in Zermatt, overlooked by the Matterhorn mountain, has been laid using MacRebur’s pioneering products mixed with the asphalt. It fits with the village’s eco credentials, which already include a ban on fossil fuel powered cars and the use of electric powered e-buses.

The Swiss project was led by Kirk Tinham, of Tinham & Co GmbH. He said: “I recognised that this could be a great product for the Swiss market. Although Switzerland has a fantastic recycling collection system in place, more than 80 per cent of the collected waste plastics are incinerated rather than repurposed. With the Swiss being proud of their fresh alpine air, this practice is particularly unpopular but with MacRebur, we have the potential to make use of the efficient collection system and reuse the waste plastic to create a greener outlook for the future.”

And a spokesman for MacRebur added: “We hope this road will be the first step towards opening our first factory in Switzerland and it is an excellent opportunity to show the performance of our roads. “Temperatures in Zermatt range from below minus 15 in the winter to up to around 30 degrees in summer, however, as our roads contain plastic, they are more flexible. This means they can cope better with the contraction and expansion caused by changes in the weather, reducing cracks and potholes.”


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