Car tyres diverted from landfill into road surface

See what we have been doing to increase the use of recycled materials.

Published: 12 November 2020, Updated: 12 November 2020

Crumb rubber is sourced from scrap rubber from old car tyres. It is an ideal recycled material to use in asphalt and spray sealing works, creating a longer service life and therefore long-term performance benefits. 

In 2019-20, one-third of Perth freeways has been resurfaced using crumb rubber open grade asphalt.

The use of this material would not have been possible without the research that Western Australian Road Research and Innovation Program undertook, which enabled us to use recycled material across WA in road construction projects and maintenance work.

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1,300 tonnes

of crumbed rubber was used in the last year

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