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Inventors seek cash to develop plastic roads

The inventors of a pioneering waste plastic road material have launched an appeal for funds to take their patented idea worldwide.

MacRebur was set up last year by Toby McCartney, Gordon Reid and Nick Burnett after chief executive McCartney visited India and saw raw waste plastic being dumped in potholes and melted down.

The company has developed its MR6 bitumen replacement product, and says independent and accredited lab testing has shown the material to be 60% stronger and 10 times longer-lasting than standard asphalt mixes.

Its plastic pellets have been used on roads in Cumbria and Dumfriesshire, as well as a runway at Carlisle Airport and a lorry park.

The founders have launched a crowdfunding campaign on the Seedrs website to raise £590,000.

McCartney (pictured) said: “As all drivers know, there are serious issues with crumbling and cracked roads and potholes.

“Our product, MR6, can make things better as it’s stronger and longer lasting than standard asphalt mixes. Plus, it’s eco-friendly and an affordable solution.”

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