WE CAN already recycle everything from carpets to empty Coke bottles, and now a Fareham company has even found a way to recycle the roads we drive on.
TJ Group has developed an aggregate which is made from recycled road materials, which can then be re-used for building roads and pavements.
The firm’s commercial manager, Steve Grant, said the aggregate, called ReclaMix, could be used as the load-bearing layer of the road, which is built just under its top layer.
Mr Gant said ReclaMix is composed of old Tarmac which can be difficult for contractors to get rid of.
He added: ‘Utility contractors have a significant waste disposal issue because tarmacadam is commonly not accepted at certain disposal points although it is inert and very recyclable.
‘We’ve turned an environmental problem into a benefit, an expense into an asset, providing a sustainable solution to customers in a world of ever-increasing disposal costs.’
The company says more than 100,000 tonnes of the material, which is made at its plant in Chichester, have already been sold.
The product has been approved as a type-one aggregate replacement by the Department of Transport and the government’s Waste and Resources Action Programme.
Mr Grant said he hoped the material would not only be a commercial success, but provide an environmental payoff as well.
‘ReclaMix is a cost-effective and environmentally-friendly alternative to other sub-base materials and follows months of research and development.’
The TJ group has also started supplying 15 vehicles to transport aggregates to and from roadworks sites on the A3, A34, A31 and the M25.