Recycled tyres used for road resurfacing trial in Goole
East Riding of Yorkshire Council is now believed to be the first local authority in Yorkshire to have a road partly built-up from old recycled tyres following work in Old Goole.
The trial on Derwent Road in Old Goole used 120 recycled tyres mixed into a new road surface and reduced the carbon footprint by 3 tonnes in one shift.
Contractor Specialist Surfacing Ltd laid a ECOSURF rubber modified SMA surface course produced by Tarmac, which is made from waste tyres which would have otherwise gone into landfill.
As well as having environmental benefits, rubberised roads have a proven track record for reducing traffic noise. Re-purposing old rubber to manufacture roads could provide a use for the 40 million waste tyres produced every year in the UK.
Councillor Chris Matthews, East Riding of Yorkshire Council's portfolio holder for strategic property and infrastructure, said: "We're delighted with the rubberised asphalt trial. It's great to see innovative solutions to repurposing waste that could otherwise go to landfill. The surface is laid at a lower temperature which means the roads can be re-opened quicker, reduced fumes and improved site safety.
"It's great to see innovative solutions to repurposing waste that could otherwise go to landfill or incineration. As a council we are keen to explore all ideas that can reduce our impact on the environment. This product will provide a safe surface with less emissions and disruption during the laying process.
"We ask residents and businesses to think about how they can reduce their carbon footprint so it's important we do our bit too."