Balfour Beatty has built a cycle lane through the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park using waste plastic asphalt that has saved over a million plastic bags from going to landfill.
The contractor claimed it was the first time that asphalt has been replaced with a greener alternative on a UK cycle lane.
Working in partnership with Thames Water, Balfour Beatty used material provided by plastic asphalt developed by MacRebur.
The manufacturer claims its new material is more flexible and adaptable under temperature changes which reduces the chances of cracking and potholes forming over time. The material can also be recycled again at the end of its life.
John McKay, Balfour Beatty senior construction manager for the works, said: “Throughout the project, sustainability played a vital role in the choices we made. Finding a material which not only saved plastic from landfill, but which could also be recycled again at the end of its life, is the ultimate sustainable solution.
“We are proud to have taken an innovative approach to sustainability and ultimately offer a more sustainable yet practical result to the community for their new cycle lane.”
The new cycle lane formed part of wider works to upgrade the Victorian sewer network running through the Waterworks Bridge in Stratford.