A new factory is to turn plastic waste into material for roads and car parks, in a bid to tackle the ocean pollution.
The MacRebur factory opened on Tuesday in Lockerbie, Dumfires and Galloway, 12 new jobs will be created.
The plastic waste factory will granulate the rubbish, mixed with an activator to then distribute to asphalt producers.
Toby McCartney, CEO said, “The opening of our first ever factory is an important milestone in our mission to tackle two issues, plastic waste and potholed roads.
“Our technology means that we can not only help solve the problem of plastic waste but also produce roads that cope better with changes in the weather, reducing cracks and potholes.
“That’s because our roads are more flexible thanks to the properties of the plastic used in them, so although a MacRebur road looks the same as any other, it has improved strength and durability.
“Our technology also means there are no plastic microbeads present in the mix and we can even recycle the road at the end of its lifespan, creating a circular economy that is sustainable and cost effective.”
The company said, the equivalent of 684,000 plastic bottles of 1.8m single use plastic bags can be used to build a 1km stretch of road.
MacRebur are to provide a blueprint for other companies to license their in-house processing across the UK and the globe.