Independent and accredited lab testing has proven their “MR6” bitumen replacement product results in roads that are stronger and longer lasting than standard asphalt mixes. It meets British standards and offers a new use for waste plastics, diverting them from landfill.
MacRebur was set up in 2016 by Toby McCartney, an entrepreneur; civil engineer Gordon Reid; and waste and recycling expert Nick Burnett. The idea was born following a trip to India where McCartney witnessed raw waste plastic being dumped in potholes and melted down. MacRebur’s more sophisticated method involves a ‘secret’ blend of plastics in pellet form.
They have already laid roads in Cumbria and Dumfriesshire, as well as a runway at Carlisle Airport and a lorry park at Exelby Services, and are in talks with councils and contractors around the UK and Australia about more opportunities. Interest has also been expressed from South America, Africa and Europe.
CEO McCartney said: “MacRebur is on a mission to disrupt the roads construction industry worldwide. It’s stuck in a rut and, as all drivers know, there are serious issues with crumbling and cracked roads and potholes.
“Our concept has already generated a massive buzz and really caught people’s imaginations. They can now get on board with us through Seedrs and be part of what promises to be an exciting future.”
After just six months in business, MacRebur scooped the 2016 Virgin Voom award for best UK start up. Announcing them as winners at the final in London last year, Sir Richard Branson said: “I love the idea. I quite like the idea of driving on roads made out of plastic and old rubbish.”