Irritated by the potholes that speckled the road near his home, Toby McCartney remembered how he had seen people fix potholes when he was in India. They used readily available plastic trash to fill in the holes and then melted it into place. The result was makeshift pothole filler.
That ingenious way of repairing roads in India inspired McCartney to come up with a way to replace crude oil-based asphalt in pavement with a mix of plastic. After successfully paving his own driveway, McCartney realized he had a clever idea about how to reuse plastic waste.
So McCartney, along with two of his friends, Gordon Reid and Nick Burnett, created MacRebur—the plucky little startup that converts plastic waste into useable plastic pellets. The company’s aim is to decrease the amount of plastic waste going into landfills while also reducing the cost of road maintenance and repair.
So far, the roadways made from plastic are stronger and longer-lasting than traditionally made ones. Best of all, they are better for the environment.
Take a look at this quick video to find out more!