New road to sustainability

Roller on road
Lagoon Road at Carbrook getting its new surface

Published: 18th June 2020

A revolutionary and environmentally-friendly new road surface is now ready to roll.

‘Crumb Rubber’ surfaces have been laid at Lagoon Road, Carbrook and Johnson Road, Forestdale.

Crumb Rubber is a combination of old tyres that usually contains reclaimed asphalt.

Logan City Council has teamed with tyre industry group, Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA), to trial the new eco-friendly road surface.

TSA has committed $150,000 to the trial and additional laboratory testing, which aims to prove that the new surface will be as good as, or better than, standard road sealing.

City Infrastructure Committee Chairperson Councillor Teresa Lane said the trial is part of Council’s drive to build a road network that is suitable for our growing region.

“If the trial is successful we can expect to see more roads in Logan using this cutting edge technology,” Cr Lane said.

“The benefits for Logan are two-fold – it will enhance road quality for users in a cost-effective way and help the environment at the same time.”

The surfaces will now be analysed as part of the monitoring phase.

Crumb rubber is produced by reducing scrap tyres to basic materials and removing steel fibre along with any other contaminants such as dust, glass or rock.

Reclaimed asphalt consists of old, damaged pavement materials milled and crushed into a new mixture.

According to TSA’s latest data, Australia generated the equivalent of 56 million used car tyres last financial year.

Eighty-nine percent of them were recovered for reuse or processed into tyre-derived products. The rest ended up in landfill or were stockpiled.

In Queensland, the equivalent of 12.7 million car tyres were generated with a recovery rate of 69 per cent.

Around 14 per cent of the recovered tyres were locally recycled into crumb rubber and granules.

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