One of the biggest markets for end of life tyres in Australia, and around the world, is in the roads sector. Australia has a long history of rubber crumb utilisation in roads dating back to the 1970’s. The road construction sector remains one of the most active users of tyre-derived products (TDPs) in Australia.
Rubberised road products, in the asphalt mix or spray seal, not only provide quieter, more durable roads with better traction properties and improved drainage, but can also play a central role in helping to solve the challenge of sustainably dealing with the annual volume of used tyres each year.
Mixed into the asphalt, a proportion of rubber crumb allows for improved drainage, greater durability and a more adhesive surface. When used in the mix of the final sprayed sealing process, rubber crumb further improves durability and noise performance of the road.
The development of markets for end of life tyres is a key focus for Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA).
TSA is a not-for-profit industry organisation set up to implement the National Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme, targeting enhanced outcomes associated with the disposal of end of life tyres.
TSA will join a panel of experts at the National Local Roads and Transport Congress, held in Alice Springs from 20-22 November, and will highlight the issue of waste tyre management and the resulting the opportunity to benefits from the utilisation of TDPs in roads.
During the session, TSA will also focus on the range of resources available to local government to help improve their road networks in metropolitan, regional and remote areas, through the use of TDPs.
Today is the last opportunity to get the early bird rate to attend the congress; register at this link.