Old car tyres could be used to resurface UK’s busiest roads

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Old car tyres could soon be used to resurface the UK’s roads – and help to make driving much quieter, according to a report in the Daily Mail.

Apparently a pioneering trial in Dundee has found that when the road surfaces were covered in the recycled car tyres it made them quieter.

It would be a win-win situation all round, because since the EU banned the disposal of old car tyres in landfill sites back in 2006, we have been left with around 480,000 tonnes of recyclable shredded rubber to get rid of in an environmentally-friendly way each year.

The Daily Mail reported yesterday that: “One of the busiest roads in Scotland was resurfaced last year with the asphalt, containing shredded rubber from old tyres.

“Tests were performed on grip and skid resistance, with engineers reporting that the rubber road, on a stretch of dual carriageway between Perth and Dundee, resulted in a quieter drive.”

Apparently, the rubber thickens the bitumen allowing the road surface to trap and disperse sound waves.

Experts also claim that roads covered in the car tyres require less maintenance and yet the material still allows for drainage and tyre recyclers point ou the technique will also save money because the new material is thinner than standard roads.

Reducing road noise could even save lives, because according to the World Health Organisation, around one heart attack in every 50 in European countries is caused by chronic exposure to loud traffic.

A spokesman for Transport Scotland said: “This adopts a sustainable approach in making the best use of resources available, by re-using an abundant waste material.”

To read the full report go to http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2320023/Recycled-rubber-soon-used-resurface-nations-busiest-roads.html#ixzz2SbJjWT4u

Denna Bowman, Head Office

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