Accelerating the Future...
- FINALIST : Materials, Resources & Water
- Award Year: 2019
- Nominee URL: https://news.ubc.ca/2017/06/13/when-the-rubber-hits-the-road-recycled-tires-create-stronger-concrete/
Rubber tires represent a large and persistent waste product and recycling challenge, and innovative uses for their materials can reduce the presence of waste products.
Researchers at UBC have developed a method, building on existing experiences with tire rubber in asphalt, to incorporate tire rubber in concrete production.
This process was developed at the University of British Columbia and has already been deployed on several small-scale projects around the campus.
The product currently exists only in small scale production and would require further investment and business planning to be brought to market at commercialized scale.
If a significant percentage of currently commercially-produced and used concrete were to incorporate tire rubber as in this process, sustainability would be enhanced in three ways. The concete industry could reduce its carbon footprint by using moe recycled materials, currently scrapped tires could be recycled in a direct use manner and, finally, finished building projects would require less repair and upkeep over time.