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Central Coast Council

Central Coast Council, who recently endorsed the Save Our Recycling Campaign, is turning recycled tyres into roads in a bid to reduce the thousands of tonnes of tyres which end up in landfill each year.

Each year in Australia, a whopping 56 million tyres reach the end of their life, with only a small percentage of these recycled domestically. Two thirds of used tyres in Australia end up in either landfill, are stockpiled or illegally dumped.

There are a number of health and environmental issues associated with tyres ending up in landfill. Old tyres provide a breeding ground for rodents and mosquitoes, they consume up to 75% of airspace in landfills and if they become buoyant they can rupture landfill liners.

Central Coast Council is taking the matter into their own hands by using recycled Australian tyres in the construction and maintenance of roads across the region.

“We take a crumb rubber binder made from 100 percent recycled Australian tyres and mix this with bitumen and asphalt for use in spray sealing and asphalt works across the Central Coast,” said Council Director Roads, Drainage and Waste, Boris Bolgoff.

“It is fantastic to be able to build and improve our road network with a product that is recycling some of the 56 million used tyres generated in Australia each year.

“Our supplier takes approximately 25 used truck tyres and creates one tonne of crumb rubber binder, which we use across the Coast’s 2,200 kilometre network of roads.

“The product we are using is predominately made from truck tyres as they contain less steel and other fibres compared to car tyres.”

Mayor of the Central Coast Council, Jane Smith said “using recycled tyres to build Central Coast roads is a great example of how we can deliver essential projects and maintenance using green and sustainable methods.

“Individuals, businesses and councils on the Central Coast are all doing their part to minimise waste and their ecological footprint.

“The onus is on the state government to reinvest 100% of the waste levy into developing a modern, smart, home grown resource recovery and recycling industry, establish more innovative recycling facilities and produce packaging and products that are easier to recycle and reuse,” she said.

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