For those with some spare used tyres and looking for someplace to dispose of a used tyre in Gold Coast or anywhere in Australia, some good news have come up from nearby Victoria, where the local government is currently testing a new recipe for road-making. The new mix is currently undergoing testing on a major arterial road in the state and the country, the first of its kind.
The new road seal mixes used tyres and used cartridge toners, combining these two ubiquitous items of modern life and recycling them for a road-making material. The road seal was sprayed and tested in Northern Victoria, near Cobram, on the Murray Valley Highway, a major Australian road that carries a large amount of traffic, with a considerable amount of heavy vehicles passing through it, including semis, and large trucks.
Every kilometre of the highway and every lane was sprayed with the newly developed road seal, which was formulated from all the way in Melbourne by Downer, an infrastructure services company. The new road seal recycled a notable amount of items, using up toner from at least 6400 cartridges, and rubber coming from around 150 used car tyres.
Rubber from used tyres have been used for road seals for years, but the idea to combine it with toner is a recent innovation. The new product, dubbed ‘Tonerseal’, has been tested, but never before on a road with such traffic as the Murray Valley Highway.
The Minister for Roads, Luke Donnellan stated that the trial would set the stage for more sustainability on Australian roads, as the government recycles old and unused products known for their prevalence in the modern setting.
Dante Cremasco, Downer’s Road Services Executive General Manager, stated that the road seal would take advantage of the products that were dumped illegally, and as such are a hazard to the community and the environment. The illegally dumped tyres throughout the country will be given a proper home and a good purpose, alleviating the common issue of tyre dumps seen by people simply shopping for a good tyre in Gold Coast.
He adds that the ‘crumb rubber’, the part of old tyres that have been in use on road mixes, when combined with the toner gives Tonerseal elasticity, which allows it to adapt to environmental changes.
Cremasco has expressed Downer’s confidence in their new product, stating its usefulness, quality and sustainability as an improvement for both the company and the community.