Coventry is to be the first city in the UK to get rubber roads as part of a revolutionary new rollout by Tarmac.
The city has been chosen to trial a new kind of asphalt which contains rubber rather than plastic.
It is also a more eco-friendly road surface as the new granulated rubber asphalt mix is made from recycled tyres.
Asphalt using rubber is already used in the US but now it is set to bounce its way to the UK for the first time.
Coventry City Council has said it is 'delighted' to be trialling the new road surface with Tarmac and that if it is a success it will be rolled out on roads across the city.
Tarmac has become the first company in the UK to develop a new asphalt technology capable of recycling end-of-life tyres (ELTs) into roads.
It is thought there are 40 million waste tyres in the UK every year.
Tarmac estimates around 750 waste tyres can be reused and recycled for every kilometre of road surfaced with the new material.
The knock-on effect would be a huge reduction in the 120,000 tonnes of rubber waste exported from the UK annually.
Tarmac says the initiative is part of its commitment to the circular economy, with the business already recycling 8.7 million tonnes of waste from other industries every year.
It also builds on the company’s reuse of waste tyres to power its cement kilns.
Used tyres remain an overlooked waste stream
Brian Kent, technical director at Tarmac, said: “While plastic recycling has attracted media headlines, used tyres remain a significant andoverlooked waste stream and our new innovative rubber modified asphalts offer a more sustainable option for our industry and the environment.
“Rubber is used in asphalt across the USA, but in the UK there is a lack of the necessary industrial infrastructure required to allow manufacture of this type of material.
“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.”
Welcoming it being trialled in Coventry, Rob Little, the city council’s senior engineer, highways technical, said: “Coventry City Council is delighted with the rubberised asphalt trial.
“We hope we can use more of the product across the city in the future to help divert waste tyres from landfill and incineration to reduce the carbon footprint for road construction projects in Coventry.
“We are proud to be leading with our partners, Balfour Beatty and Tarmac in providing road surfaces which are providing significant environmental benefits for our communities.”
A beneficial global effect
The project will also be having a beneficial effect globally.
While many people might imagine used tyres are recycled here, many are exported to countries on the other side of the world.
Tarmac is hoping its rubber roads can reduce that and ensure used tyres, which are prohibited from being used in landfill in the EU, are put to good use. These are the vehicles which would fall under proposed Coventry congestion charge
Peter Taylor, secretary general of the Tyre Recovery Association, 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.
“The UK needs a second disposal route for used tyres.
“Tarmac’s commitment to developing rubberised asphalt provides an excellent opportunity to achieve this and deliver environmental savings for this under-used waste stream.”
-- Coventry Telegraph
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