New asphalt made from old tyres trialled

1st June 2012

A stretch of road in Scotland has become the first highway to trial a new kind of asphalt, which has been made using old tyres.

The new material has been developed by Breedon Aggregates who adapted technology from Danish firm Genan to incorporate rubber particles from the tyres directly into the special binding agent of stone and bitumen.

Dubbed the Breedom Polymer R+, the innovative new asphalt has now been applied to a short section of the A90 dual carriageway located between Perth and Dundee, north of the border.

The new surface is now being closely monitored against a number of key performance criteria like skid resistance, with the early signs proving encouraging thus far.

Commenting on the developments, Breedon Aggregates chief executive Alan Mackenzie noted that the new asphalt could "transform" the UK's approach to road surfacing.

“Our industry has been trying for years to successfully incorporate recycled rubber into asphalt, without much success," he said.

"Thanks to this new technology, which we are partnering with Genan to promote in the UK, we can help change that.”

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Posted by Danielle Barge