Pioneering Sustainable Infrastructure: The Queensland Tyre Recycling Initiative


Sustainable Tyre Recycling in Australia

A groundbreaking trial initiative in Queensland is looking to start transforming the mining and construction industries by repurposing used mining tyres into sustainable road materials.

Environmental challenges posed by tyre waste in Australia, particularly from the mining sector, and the urgent need for sustainable disposal methods are a growing issue. The collaborative effort between BHP, the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads, and the Australian Flexible Pavement Association to tackle this issue head-on.

The Recycling Process:

The process involves shredding used mining tyres to remove steel and fibres, then crushing and crumbling the rubber. This crumb rubber is blended into a binder for road surfacing, showcasing an innovative approach to recycling and infrastructure improvement.

The repaving project on the Peak Downs Highway is a crucial connection, bridging Mackay and Clermont and acting as the primary route between Queensland’s Whitsunday Coast and the Central West region near Moranbah.

Impact and Future Prospects:

Reflect on the positive environmental impact of this project, its potential to revolutionise road construction with recycled materials, and the possibilities for scaling such initiatives globally.

“It will have a positive impact on the environment, as more than 6,000 tonnes of tyres can be used to seal roads,” Acting BMA Asset President, Tim Day, said. “This is a great example of how the by-products of mining can be used to positively affect the local communities where we operate, and we look forward to exploring how we can now further expand this trial to other road surfaces around the country.”

For more information about the event, read the full article from International Mining

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