Volvo Car UK has revealed a sustainable cycling route built using recycled waste material in Leeds, ahead of next month’s Leeds World Triathlon Series.
Volvo Car UK and MacRebur – ‘The Plastic Road Company’ – as well as Leeds City Council, have resurfaced a stretch of Harrogate Road – one of the city’s most popular cycling routes – to increase the safety for cyclists travelling to and from the city centre to the Yorkshire Dales. The project came to fruition following the 2019 Volvo Visionaries initiative, run in conjunction with the Sunday Times.
This initiative set out to uncover a series of visionary entrepreneurs and companies working towards making the world a smarter, more resourceful and compassionate place. MacRebur was selected as a company who provided a stand-out solution to help shape the future of transport and mobility in a way that protects and connects us to nature.
The ‘Recycled Road’ has been created with a significantly lower environmental impact by filling in potholes along the road with 850kg of recycled plastic waste.
Furthermore, the road surface also comprises of 213 tonnes of aggregate formed from slag steel, the estimated weight of around 710 end-of-life cars. Volvo says the Recycled Road has saved a total of 3,200kg of CO2e through the manufacturing process and the reduction of 850kg of bitumen fossil fuels from being extracted.
MacRebur’s waste plastic product benefits from longevity over conventional road surfacing methods because the plastic allows the road to be more flexible and adaptable to changing weather conditions and temperatures, meaning less cracking of the surface, and reducing the chance of potholes reappearing once applied.