Hampshire Highways teams are trialling recycled plastic kerbing as an alternative to concrete to reduce carbon emissions and promote more sustainable ways of delivering services to Hampshire residents.
Councillor Rob Humby, Executive Member for Environment and Transport at Hampshire County Council said:
We’re always looking for innovations in the way we deliver our services and this initiative shows how we’re addressing two of our major challenges – finding ways that plastic can effectively be recycled and improving the efficiency of highway maintenance.
Hampshire highways teams are currently trialling small areas of recycled plastic kerbing in areas which see a high number of heavy vehicles, to test the resilience of the material.
Councillor Humby continued:
We’re committed to clear action, embedding carbon reduction measures in services across the County Council. This innovative use of recycled plastic kerbing, which is durable but much lighter than the concrete equivalent, results in 40% less carbon during manufacture. It can be easily installed manually, reducing the need for mechanical handling equipment. We continue to explore opportunities to reuse and recycle materials from our highways works and will be looking at the viability of other recycled plastic products if this trial proves successful.
The recycled plastic kerbing contains 88% recycled material and is cut with hand tools which does not create crystalline silica dust, as working with concrete would do.
Jon Lee, Skanska’s Operations Manager at Hampshire Highways, said:
These plastic kerbs have been BBA/HAPAS approved meaning they are manufactured to the highest standards for the Hampshire network. With its light weight features we can lay four times faster than traditional methods. Skanska UK, as a leader of sustainability in the construction industry, have recently committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2045. The move to using recycled products helps move us to achieving this target.