Recycling on the roads
NORTH Somerset Council is to recycle old roads and use them to create new ones.
The authority, tasked with saving £90 million over seven years, is to trail a new process called Retread which recycles old carriageways to form a new road surface.
The money-saving method will see the existing carriageway raked, scraped and broken down to form the new profile of the road, with rolling carried out to allow traffic to pass during the works.
A coating of bitumen and a layer of chippings are applied to seal the new road surface. It is then common for the road to be surface-dressed the same year to reseal the surface.
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The Retread process uses far fewer raw materials, compared with conventional road resurfacing and will save an estimated £60,000.
Many older roads contain tar bound materials and these are classified as hazardous waste under an EU directive.
As part of resurfacing maintenance work these materials often need to be disposed of at specialist waste sites, which is a costly process.
The authority will use the method for the first time when resurfacing Byron Road and Grenville Avenue in Locking, Weston-super-Mare, with work starting on March 4.