Turning tyres into roads

Can old tyres solve two big problems with Melbourne’s roads?

Over 50 million tyres are thrown away every year in Australia. Only five per cent are recycled locally, so what happens to the rest?

Engineering researchers at The University of Melbourne are turning unwanted old tyres into roads, footpaths and bike paths. They’ve created a material that is strong enough to take the weight of vehicles, and flexible enough to deal with tree roots popping up. But it’s also permeable, meaning water can flow through to be collected and used in the city’s many gardens. This is great for recycling water, but it could also help manage the flash flooding we often get with heavy downpours in Melbourne.

Check out this new material that could be a game-changer for our roads.

This event is part of Prototype City, a collection of experiences, tours and exhibitions that showcase innovations that will shape our future city.

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