MMA lining is cost effective, longer lasting and reduces microplastic waste. Learn how cold plastic (MMA) reduces microplastic waste.

Did you know that 7% of microplastic found in the ocean comes from road markings?

1. Where do these plastics come from?

Traditional line marking materials, namely thermoplastic are prone to short product life cycles, increasing microplastic waste in our waterways. Road lining projects often don’t allow for surface preparation time or removal of old markings, meaning old thermoplastic can be layered on top of previous markings. This reduces adhesion as the lines are only as strong as the material below it, meaning these lines chip and peel off.

When they chip and peel, they are washed into our waterways, which lead out into the sea increasing microplastic polution.

2. Alternative solutions to current road marking materials.

Cold plastic sometimes known as MMA (Methyl Methacrylate) can be either spray or hand applied, both provide a more environmentally friendly product that lasts longer than traditional thermoplastic road markings. Spray applied cold plastic requires a MMA compatible machine, which combines two products, which when mixed cure. There are three main types of machines, which are described in the news article, WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF COLD PLASTIC MACHINES?

All three spray application cold plastic machines are still cheaper than thermoplastic trucks. Spray MMA also saves you money as it has a lower cost per hour, due to labour, product and application rate efficiencies.

Spray application cold plastic also reduces emissions as there are no fumes or gas used.

Image of UltraLine being used on a motorway
Image of UltraLine being used on a motorway

3. No machine necessary…

Hand applied cold plastic like Meon’s UltraLine, have been used on the M25, and in central London as well as motorways across the UK. Typical usage of MMA is in areas prone to wearing out such as slip roads and crossings.

Cold Plastics products like UltraLine also come in various colours, and can be used in smaller quantities, from one bucket requiring less shipping. It also means there can be a reduction of thermoplastic trucks which create more environmental emissions than cold plastic. Apart from the reduction in noise from thermoplastic trucks and emissions cold plastics are a great choice for urban environments who are targeted on lowering pollutants and emissions.

4. Less risk for users – No hot works

Cold plastic MMA removes the risks involved in hot works, making it easier for contractors as there are no permit requirements. It also reduces the risk as there is no hot thermoplastic, no gas bottles and no thermo boilers on site.

Do you want to find out more about alternatives to thermoplastic. Call our team to organise a site visit or CPD session at your site, to kick start a greener approach to line marking in 2020.

To find out more information on this subject, email mail@meonuk.com or call 023 9220 0606.