Researchers have blended used tyres with building rubble to create a sustainable road-making material that they believe could cut the vast quantities of waste generated by the construction sector. Designed to be used for base layers, the recycled blend is more flexible than standard materials, making roads less prone to cracking.
The discovery is hugely encouraging for the future of sustainable roads. However, SMEs in the UK are already innovating road repair materials using the same process of recycling end of life lorry tyres. After a decade of austerity, councils have naturally gravitated towards innovation and have helped launch R&D hubs, working with innovative UK SMEs . Together, SMEs and councils have started to ask why are pothole repairs filled with the same materials made to build roads, when they can fill potholes with materials made specifically for the job, that may prove to be significantly more efficient and cost-effective.
Roadmender Asphalt, a Sheffield-based SME, are the UK's most sustainable road repair SME, and have started trials for their Elastomac material with councils across the country, to provide more cost-affective pothole repair solutions, whilst also promising a permanent solution. Chiefly however, Elastomac is a novel thermoplastic material that contains seven end of life lorry tyres recycled into every tonne of its composite.
Harry Pearl, CEO of Roadmender Asphalt, would be available to speak about the new innovations in the road repair sector and the following topics:
The process behind manufacturing Elastomac
Why new recycled road repair materials are more eco-friendly than traditional repairs
How materials such as Elastomac help provide for permanent pothole repairs
What makes Elastomac the UK's most sustainable road repair material
The successful trials that Elastomac has enjoyed with numerous local authorities across the UK
Why new flowable thermoplastic repairs can increase rates of pothole repairs by fivefold
Council-led initiatives that have helped to fuel innovation