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Innovative Road recycling scheme saves pounds and planet

Published Monday, 23 July 2012

Recycling road surfaces has prevents greenhouse gases from escaping and saves taxpayers' money.

Enfield Council's innovative scheme to recycle road surfaces and save council tax payers hundreds of thousands of pounds a year has also prevented tonnes of greenhouse gases from escaping into the atmosphere, new figures show.

The borough became the first local authority in London to develop a programme of works to remove road surfaces, mix the removed material with concrete and then relay it, removing the need to dispose of potentially hazardous tar-containing material. In the last financial year 19 roads were "recycled", preventing 80 tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere.

During the process the damaged layers of the road are broken up, mixed with cement and then relaid. The advantage of recycling compared with other methods is that the work can be completed quickly with minimal disruption.

The cost of disposing of the removed road surface is also significantly more expensive than recycling it and the new arrangements have helped Enfield Council save £250,000 in the current difficult financial period.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Chris Bond, said: "You don't normally associate recycling with roads, but we looked at all of our options and found this was an unusual but efficient way of saving lots of money as well as helping to save the planet by preventing greenhouse gases from being generated.

"This scheme helps reduce the amount of hazardous waste we produce, reuses valuable raw material and saves the tax payer money. We've been forced to deal with unprecedented government spending cuts and this is an innovative way of making every penny we spend count."

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