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UK plastic waste innovators secure Greece road repairs contract

by LLB Finance Reporter
6th Oct 21 10:49 am

Roadfill, a UK company which has developed a unique solution using plastic waste to repair and maintain roads, has been awarded a contract to supply its product for roadworks in the Greek Islands.

The Dartford-headquartered company will begin work in early 2022, using its environmentally-friendly Roadworx product for road maintenance programmes in Corfu, Rhodes and across the Dodecanese Islands. Roadworx contains recycled plastic polymers which are added to asphalt mix, reducing the amount of bitumen needed to repair or relay a road. The product reduces landfill waste and CO₂ emissions while providing local authorities with a more cost-effective solution in covering potholes and managing road repairs – current costs for these works in the UK alone are estimated to be £10 billion, according to the Asphalt Industry Alliance.

Jointly funded by the islands’ local authorities and the country’s central government, the new contract follows a partnership pilot between Roadfill and the Greek Government’s R&D Division. Founded in 2017 by Christie Raptaki, Roadfill has is focused on innovative and cost-effective road repair solutions which reduce the level of plastic waste. The company has now announced plans to launch a fundraise to support further investment in additional mobile asphalt plants and other machinery to help it scale up for future growth.

In November Roadfill will begin an 18-month sustainability-focused road repair pilot in Plymouth, supported by a £350K grant from Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership.  Last year the company secured a Keep+ European funding grant of more than €100K to support a sustainability partnership programme with the University of Greenwich and Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.

Ms Raptaki, Roadfill’s CEO, said: “I’m delighted to announce the road maintenance contract award in Greece, which follows our partnership with the Greek Government’s R&D Division. The marks another significant development in our journey and gives us an ideal opportunity to demonstrate both the environmental benefits and cost effectiveness of using Roadworx to support roads maintenance programmes.

“Today’s announcement comes at an exciting time when we’re about to launch a crowdfunding campaign and seek additional venture capital to enable further investment into plant and machinery to scale up the business. We are also set to begin a new pilot to demonstrate the effectiveness of our product on road repairs in Plymouth as part of the UK Government’s Build Back Better initiative.  As a company committed to recycling waste plastic in innovative and impactful ways, we are passionate about continuing to grow Roadfill’s presence here in the UK and throughout the globe to support communities and enable economic growth.”

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