Jeffreys Bay celebrates South Africa's first-ever 'plastic road'

Jeffreys Bay celebrates South Africa's first-ever 'plastic road'

- A new process for building roads used tons of recycled plastic

- The plastic replaces harmful chemicals used in traditional roads

- As a result, the roads are more flexible, durable and environmentally friendly

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Residents of Jeffreys Bay delighted in the opening of the country's first 'plastic road' which was opened on Friday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The road will have more impact than just helping people navigate Woltemade Street, an international plastic company might set up shop in SA as a result, bringing investment and jobs with it.

Briefly.co.za learned that it took less than three months for construction workers completed the groundbreaking new road and besides saving time it will also help save the environment.

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The 1km stretch of road was built with a new process which uses recycled plastic to substitute some of the materials previously used in traditional roads. Approximately 1.5 tons of plastic was used on the road, which equates to 1.8-million plastic bags.

Horatio Hendrick, mayor of Jeffreys Bay, had agreed to the project after a Port Elizabeth companies, SP Excel and Scribante, joined forces with MacRebur, a Scottish manufacturer.

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Traditional roads are built using bitumen, a fossil fuel which is harmful to the environment, the new roads replace a portion of the bitumen making the road more eco-friendly according to the heraldlive.co.za.

Ruendell Plaatjies, site manager for SP Excel said the following:

“It is such a great project and so nice to be part of a team leading the way forward into the future,” he said.
“The fact is that these roads are more flexible and durable which means less wear and tear that will result in fewer potholes.”
“We are hoping a factory can be established here so our local plastic products in SA can be recycled and converted into the final product — a road.
“The material is more user-friendly and the actual laying of it is also much more effective, saving time and money.”

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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