Last edited 16 Oct 2020

Wokingham Council trials recycled road kerbs made from plastic

Wokingham Borough Council is striving for a more sustainable future by ditching traditional concrete road kerbs and trialing units made from recycled plastic.

The plastic kerbstones, made by green innovators Dura Products, have been installed as part of the new cycle route into Wokingham and are being trialled on London Road where the cycle path runs from the Coppid Beech roundabout into the centre of town. The council has been working with its contractor VolkerHighways to install the eco-friendly alternatives, known as Durakerb, and plans for more units to be implemented on the route travelling out of Wokingham next month.

Wokingham is the most recent council to begin installing Durakerbs as an efficient way to increase the sustainability of its roads, with each unit being made from 88% recycled polymer and comprised of the equivalent of 182 plastic bottles. The kerbs will also help the council towards achieving its goal of being carbon neutral by 2030, as they deliver a reduction in carbon emissions when compared to concrete kerbs. Less CO2 is released during production, and fewer articulated vehicles are needed for transportation due the product’s lightweight nature.

A spokesperson for Wokingham Borough Council said: “Using plastic kerbs reduces the amount of carbon produced in manufacturing, transport and construction by about 40%.”
“These plastic kerb trials are another example of a greener solution by effectively using recycled materials,” Cllr Jorgensen added.

Being made from plastic allows fast and easy one-operative installation as the product is designed to be light and easy to cut. This improves the safety conditions for construction workers as it can be installed within the social distancing guidelines, but it also removes the lifting of heavy loads and operating of machinery. Both of which can lead to the development of musculoskeletal disorders and Hand Arm Vibration syndrome (HAVS).

Steve Bennett, Managing Director at Dura Products commented: “The trial in Wokingham is an excellent step towards making the borough’s highway maintenance more environmentally friendly. Thebenefits of Durakerb go beyond its sustainability advantages and we hope Wokingham council will continue their use for the foreseeable future.”

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