Recycling Precinct delivering for the road network: Tyrecycle

South Australia’s new $5 million Asphalt Manufacturing Plant will substantially increase the amount of high-performance recycled materials in local road construction.

The development of a new Asphalt Plant in Adelaide’s southern suburbs at Lonsdale, is a collaboration between leading companies Topcoat Asphalt, ResourceCo, Tyrecycle and McMahon Services.

ResourceCo and Tyrecycle Chief Executive Officer Jim Fairweather says it’s a significant and exciting initiative to progress the use of high recycled content mixes including recycled asphalt and crumb rubber for road surfacing in South Australia.

Topcoat has secured a long-term lease with ResourceCo on the 12,000 square metre site, establishing its asphalt operations on land adjacent to Tyrecycle’s processing plant and ResourceCo’s purpose-built resource recovery facility, to create an innovative Recycling Precinct.

“It’s a commitment, whereby working together in such close proximity, we can create better efficiencies in recycling technology and sustainable solutions – in this case for Adelaide’s southern suburbs,” Fairweather says.

“The Topcoat Plant will lead to a major improvement to the recycling rate of used tyres on our roads which is vital in creating a long-lasting, environmentally sustainable and better road network for all drivers and vehicles.

“At Tyrecycle, we collect approximately 4200 tonnes of truck tyres in South Australia annually, but only six per cent of the rubber crumb material we process is reused in the state, with the resource instead being supplied at other major destinations Australia-wide.

“It’s about repurposing more waste tyres by increasing the local usage of crumb rubber asphalt specifically for the surfacing of local roads.”

As a leading Australian tyre recycler, Tyrecycle is at the forefront of helping the road construction and maintenance sector build better roads and significantly reduce their environmental footprint.

The company shreds end-of-life tyres in Australia, turning them into granules and powders to manufacture crumb rubber for road surfacing.

“The Recycling Precinct provides a great example of a joint effort for a long-term sustainable solution to have an improved road network and better quality surfacing for all vehicles while driving local investment and jobs.”

Tyrecycle continues to work with government and industry to increase awareness of the importance of tyre recycling and why it should be mandatory for Australian recovered tyres to be used in the construction of roads.

September 9, 2020 by Waste Management Review