Balfour Beatty turns plastic bags into a new cycle lane


August 09, 2019 – Balfour Beatty has turned more than one million plastic bags into a new cycle lane in Stratford through the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The contractor used the new plastic based asphalt for the first time on a UK cycle lane.

It was supplied by MacRebur who use waste plastic to replace part of the bitumen used in asphalt production.

The new material is alsi more flexible and adaptable under temperature changes which reduces the chances of cracking and potholes forming over time.

John McKay, Balfour Beatty Senior Construction Manager for the works, said: “Throughout the project, sustainability played a vital role in the choices we made.

“Finding a material which not only saved plastic from landfill, but which could also be recycled again at the end of its life, is the ultimate sustainable solution.

“We are proud to have taken an innovative approach to sustainability and ultimately offer a more sustainable yet practical result to the community for their new cycle lane.”

The new cycle lane formed part of wider works for Thames Water to upgrade the Victorian sewer network running through the Waterworks Bridge in Stratford.



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