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South Africa’s First ‘Plastic Road’ Opens In Jeffreys Bay

South Africa’s first plastic road has been officially opened in Jeffreys Bay and could result in an international plastic road company setting up a factory in SA. The ribbon-cutting ceremony at the opening of Woltemade Street in Jeffreys Bay took place on Friday after the road’s completion  — which took less than three months.

About 1.5 tons  of plastic, which is comparable to 1.8-million plastic bags, was used to make just 1km of road. Jeffreys Bay mayor Horatio Hendricks Hendricks agreed to the project when Scottish manufacturer MacRebur and Port Elizabeth-based companies SP Excel and Scribante came on board.

The spin-off business to the project could see MacRebur open a factory in SA in a bid to build more such environmentally friendly roads. The 300m strip of Woltemade Street was relayered with plastic-infused tar and a further section of Koraal Street will follow. By the end of the project both streets would have used three-million plastic bags. “The road now includes 700kg of recycled waste plastic. “The result is a road that is more durable and also friendlier to the environment,” Hendricks said at the opening.

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