Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA) has concluded a new deal with the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) that will study and test the application of rubber from waste tires in the asphalt. The study is partly sponsored by TSA. Other investors are the Victorian Department of Transport and an independent national transport research organisation, ARRB.

The trial is expected to be conducted at a busy road in Melbourne. The asphalt will be laid on a 1.5 km section of East Boundary Rd in Bentleigh East. The final report with the test results will be revealed by mid 2022.

CEO of TSA, Lina Goodman commented on the tests saying that the project would be crucial for circular economy advancement. She also said that the road trail was aimed at increasing the opportunity to apply crumb rubber in metropolitan roads.

Tyre Stewardship Australia started its operation five years ago with a goal to promote the creation and expansion of markets for scrap tires via the national Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme. At present, Australia discards each year over 55 million tires, and only some 10 percent of them are recycled into useful products.

Article by TSA.