Asphalt made of recycled car tires tested on public road

 

With plastic disasters recently dominating the news, used tires have almost become an overlooked issue. In the U.S., tires are scrapped at a rate of 1.1 tire/person/year leading to over 300 million tires discarded each year. Landfill space is becoming more and more scarce as tires are not biodegradable, and tire accumulation have significant negative effects like as they are breeding grounds for mosquitoes, and they are at risk of tire fires. Fortunately tires are 100% recyclable, and Tarmac, a building materials company, has created a new road-surfacing material made from end-of-life tires (ELTs), which are granulated and mixed in with asphalt.  This rubberized asphalt will be used in a trial to pave the roads in Coventry, England. Tarmac says that 750 waste tires will be recycled and reused for every kilometer of road.

 

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