AFTER the government announcement that tyres aged 10 years and older will be banned from use on the front axles of lorries, buses and coaches in England, Scotland and Wales in a boost to road safety, potentially millions of tyres will be thrown onto the scrap heap. Innovative road repair SMEs are finding new ways to use recycled tyres, with one such company using them to provide for permanent pothole repairs.

Roadmender Asphalt have started trials for their Elastomac material with councils across the country, to provide more cost effective pothole repair, whilst also promising a permanent solution.

Chiefly however, Elastomac is a novel thermoplastic material that contains seven, end of life lorry tyres recycled into every tonne of its composite.