ERJ staff report (DS)
Sacramento, California --California's Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) awarded more than $8.1 million for road projects that will put about 1.2 million waste tyres to new use in Rubberised Asphalt Concrete .
Rubberised asphalt concrete (RAC) combines ground tyre rubber with asphalt binder and other aggregates. RAC can last twice as long as traditional road surface, has better traction, and is quieter. By promoting RAC and the use of other tyre-derived products, CalRecycle is advancing the state's waste tyre reduction efforts. Waste tyres pose fire risk when stockpiled and are attractive habitats for rodents and insects.
Funding for the grants comes from the $1.75 recycling fee levied on each new tyre sold in California. CalRecycle receives $1.00 of each $1.75 fee, and the remainder is used for tyre-related air emission programs.
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Press release from CalRecycle