Published: 09:11, 06 October 2021
| Updated: 09:13, 06 October 2021
A firm which uses plastic waste to repair and maintain roads has won a major contract to work on road on a number of Greek islands.
The company will use its environmentally-friendly Roadworx product for the work. It contains recycles plastic polymers, added to an asphalt mix which reduces the amount of bitumen needed to repair or relay a road.
It reduces landfill waste and CO2 emissions while providing local authorities with a more cost-effective solution in covering potholes and managing road repairs.
Jointly funded by the islands’ local authorities and the country’s central government, the new contract follows a partnership pilot between Roadfill and the Greek government’s research and development division. Founded in 2017 by Christie Raptaki, Roadfill has now announced plans to launch a fundraiser to support further investment in additional mobile asphalt plants and other machinery to help it scale up for future growth.
In November, the firm will begin an 18-month sustainability-focused road repair pilot in Plymouth, supported by a £350,000 grant from Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership. Last year, it also secured grant funding of more than £100,000 from Keep+ - funded by the EU's European Regional Development Fund to support a sustainability partnership programme with the University of Greenwich and Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.
Christie Raptaki, Roadfill’s CEO, said: “Today’s announcement comes at an exciting time when we’re about to launch a crowdfunding campaign and seek additional venture capital to enable further investment into plant and machinery to scale up the business.
"We are also set to begin a new pilot to demonstrate the effectiveness of our product on road repairs in Plymouth as part of the UK government’s Build Back Better initiative As a company committed to recycling waste plastic in innovative and impactful ways, we are passionate about continuing to grow Roadfill’s presence here in the UK and throughout the globe to support communities and enable economic growth.”