Rubberised road surfacing trial announced

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Published on 13 June 2019 by Mike Waters

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Filed under Category: The world of motorcycling

A trial of a new type of road surfacing created using recycled tyres will be launched in Coventry.

‘Rubberised’ roads combine traditional asphalt with granulated rubber generated from used tyres that would otherwise be discarded. After earlier tests in the USA were successful, Coventry City Council and Tarmac have arranged for work to begin on this side of the Atlantic too.

The UK produces approximately 40 million waste tyres per year, many of which are sent to landfill or exported. However, Tarmac has estimated that “it will be possible to recycle and reuse up to 750 waste tyres for every kilometre of highway surfaced with the new material, depending on the thickness of the road”.

Commenting, Tarmac’s technical director Brian Kent said: “While plastic recycling has attracted media headlines, used tyres remain a significant and overlooked waste stream and our new innovative rubber modified asphalts offer a more sustainable option for our industry and the environment… Against the backdrop of major investment in the strategic road network, there is now an opportunity to leverage this technology and unlock the benefits of this circular economic approach.”

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