First UK supermarket to use recycled plastic to make car park

A Tesco car park has been resurfaced using the equivalent weight of 225,000 plastic carrier bags, saving over 900kgs of plastic from going to landfill. Working in partnership with MacRebur – the plastic road company – Tesco is the first UK supermarket to use recycled plastic to re-surface a store car park.

The move is part of the supermarket looking for new ways to re-use waste plastics, reduce carbon and promote a sustainable closed loop system. Tesco was the first major retailer to remove 5p bags from its stores, resulting in the amount of single use bags sold by Tesco in the last year reducing by more than half.

The Tesco Extra Cuckoo Bridge, Dumfries was resurfaced using waste plastics that would have been destined for landfill or incineration. These are added into an asphalt mix without the need to alter the existing equipment used to make and install the asphalt.

The result is an asphalt performance that has not being compromised and a reduction of 900kg of waste plastics from going landfill or incineration. By using the waste plastic the equivalent weight in fossil fuels has also been saved from extraction. The carbon footprint has also been reduced by over a tonne (1,044kg).

We’re able to take the waste plastics that are otherwise destined for landfill and add them into an asphalt mix to create a stronger, longer lasting, pothole free road surface.”- Toby McCartney, MacRebur Plastics Road Company.

We are working hard to reduce plastics and re-use & recycle wherever possible. Re-using waste plastics in this way is another example of how Tesco are innovating in the war against waste.”– Kene Umeasiegbu, Tesco Head of Environment.

Tesco will be testing this new road surface out at the Cuckoo Bridge store through the winter and hopes to work with MacRebur on future projects to help re-use waste plastics.