Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA) has opened expressions of interest for funding to help local councils and other eligible organisations utilise crumb rubber (CR) in low traffic asphalt roads.
The Low Traffic Crumb Rubber Road Fund is designed to increase CR uptake and demonstrate the benefits of CR asphalt across a range of differing Australian road conditions.
In late 2019, the Victorian Department of Transport released its Light Traffic Crumb Rubber Asphalt Specification to provide a framework to facilitate more formal use of CR modified asphalt mixes in low traffic roads.
The specifications highlight a national push for local governments and road authorities to broaden the beneficial use of CR asphalt from ‘traditional uses’ in high traffic roads with higher rubber modifier content, to more diverse uses in low traffic roads with lower rubber modifying content.
TSA’s fund aims to implement these new specifications, while progressing the development of low traffic road specifications in other state and territories.
TSA has made $250,000 available through this round of the fund, with the expectation of seeing applications from councils and other organisations to the value of $25,000-75,000.
Applicants will be assessed most favourably if they are both innovative in nature and have the potential to consume high volumes of Australian tyre derived products.
Projects must also demonstrate collaborative partnerships between industry, research bodies and end users, illustrating realistic market application and the potential to be utilised by the market at the completion of the project.
Successful applicants will commit to purchasing CR-modified asphalt from a contractor sourcing from a TSA-accredited CR supplier, and quantify the benefits of the installation of a CR low traffic road including financial business cases.
All TSA funded infrastructure and demonstration projects require Australian generated tyre derived products to be utilised for the lifetime of the project and associated infrastructure.