Recycled roads

Recycled tyre roads could boost recycling closer to home.

Sustainable construction firm Tarmac has launched a rubberised asphalt that uses recycled tyres, which it says could help tackle the 40 million waste tyres created every year in the UK.

The US already uses rubber in its roads, and Tarmac has been supplying Coventry City Council with asphalt containing recycled tyres in a trial which has proved successful.

Every year 120,000 tonnes of rubber waste is exported, which could be used in UK roads. Tarmac estimates that 750 waste tyres could be reused for every kilometre of surfaced highway.

Tyre Recovery Association secretary general Peter Taylor OBE said: “While there has been significant progress in reusing and recycling waste tyres in the UK, there is still an over-reliance on the export of used tyres to countries such as China, India and Pakistan, who are importing fewer tyres as they become self-sufficient.

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