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Hungary is transforming old tyres into new roads

International oil and gas company MOL Group announces that its EUR 8.7 million tyre recycling plant in Zalaegerszeg, Hungary, has been completed.

The site has a capacity of 20 000 tonnes per year, with full-scale production starting early next year. ‘The new plant uses 3000 tonnes of crumb rubber annually to produce rubber bitumen, which contributes to the recycling of about half a million used tires,’ says MOL Group vice president Tibor Zsinko.

The recycled rubber bitumen will be used to build more durable asphalt roads with higher load capacity and less maintenance costs. ‘The durability is well illustrated by the fact that there is no pothole on any of the roads made with rubber bitumen, although the oldest experimental roadway is fifteen years old,’ Zsinko points out.

Over 60 km of road has been built or renewed in Hungary using recycled rubber in the last six years, giving roughly 150 000 used car tyres a new lease of life.

The benefits of recycled rubber bitumen include:

  • Approximately 1.5 times longer lifecycle
  • Larger load capacity
  • Lower tear tendency
  • Excellent adhesion to minerals reduces the chance of potholes
  • Lower maintenance costs.
  • Significantly less road noise
  • Improved traffic safety due to the reduced braking distance

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