Asphalt recycling paves way for carbon savings in road resurfacing
The carbon cost associated with the transport and delivery of materials for new asphalt is set to be substantially reduced following the opening of a new road surface recycling facility.
The Greener Centre at Blunham, near Bedford, has been two years in the making and will be used for road and pavement surfacing projects by central and local government, surfacing contractors and infrastructure partners.
Greener Surfacing invested in the facility having secured funding of more than £160,000 from asset finance specialist Academy Leasing for hot asphalt recycling machinery.
According to the company's managing director Nick Antrobus, when road resurfacing work is carried out, old asphalt tends to be disposed of in local landfill sites with large sums then being spent on fresh virgin asphalt.
"The old asphalt can now been recycled and reused at a much reduced price, saving public money, landfill issues and costs and helping councils meet their carbon reduction targets," he claimed.
Greener Surfacing is now looking to extend its recycling services to contractors in neighbouring Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire in advance of further nationwide expansion.