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If you build it, use crumb

Six Adelaide council areas are using asphalt produced from recycled tyres in a trial funded by Tyre Stewardship Australia.

If you’re driving down Stanlake Avenue in Mitcham, South Australia, chances are you’ll drive over a stretch of the road made from 850 used tyres.

It is part of Australia’s largest trial of asphalt produced from recycled tyres, being run across six Adelaide council areas by The City of Mitcham. The trial is in collaboration with Adelaide-based Topcoat Asphalt and funded by Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA) with the support of Tyrecycle Australia.

Across Australia, local councils, like the City of Mitcham, are leading the way in testing and using crumb rubber asphalt (CRA) in the construction and maintenance of road assets.

The obvious environmental benefits are good news for the community. Councils are also attracted by the opportunity of generating home-made construction material, by recycling their own tyres to build their own roads to suit local conditions.

But it’s the properties of CRA that are the biggest drawcard. Users report that CRA roads are resilient and long lasting. They’re impervious to water and wear better than normal asphalt. There have also been reports of reduction in road noise.

Roads are only one of the many uses of tyre-derived materials such as crumb. Other uses of these versatile materials include:

  • Permeable pavements
  • Synthetic grass and matting for sporting fields and playgrounds
  • Arenas and walkways for the equestrian industry
  • Sidewalls for the agricultural industry
  • Blast and ballistic resistant barriers and bullet stops
  • Alternative fuels


If you’re going to use crumb, choose crumb from tyre recyclers accredited with the Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme. Here are five good reasons why:

  1. Accelerate environmental sustainability – accredited participants are part of an ACCC-authorised industry framework to effectively reduce the environmental, health and safety impacts of the 56 million EPUs which reach the end of their life in Australia each year.


  1. Contribute to Australian-made solutions and innovation – accredited participants create local products using local waste, and are part of Australia’s circular tyre economy driving the advancement of new technologies and domestic markets; particularly important since December 2021 when the Waste Export Ban came into force.


  1. Increase regulatory confidence – accredited participants are audited for compliance with the relevant Environmental Protection Authority, health and safety standards and transparent reporting of data to TSA to inform future programs.


  1. Help stamp out rogue operators disrupting the market with cheap collection fees and hazardous, potentially illegal, stockpiles by supporting recyclers who are doing the right thing.


  1. Meet community expectations – accredited participants are committed to sustainable outcomes and reducing the burden of waste for future generations.



Chip Tyre



Northern NSW

Rubber crumb

Tile adhesive





Seven Star Technology QLD Rubber crumb


Tyre Crumb



Rubber crumb

Playground surfaces

Sports mats

Equestrian surfaces

Acoustic mats

Roads and driveways

Custom projects



Tyrecycle VIC Recycled Rubber Crumb Asphalt (RCA) and spray

Tyre derived fuel

Tile adhesives

Rubber granule

Moulded products

Carroll Engineering Services QLD Rubber crumb

Rubber granules

ELT Recycling VIC, SA and QLD Rubber crumb

Rubber granules

Truck casings

Tyre derived fuel

Australian Tyre Recyclers NSW Granulate



Textile fibre



Source: Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA). TSA Accreditation is not a commercial endorsement of a business. Accreditation is a recognition that the business concerned is adhering to the TSA guidelines of environmental sustainability in relation to the management of end-of-life tyres.


To find out more about the applications of crumb through Tyre Stewardship Australia’s Case Studies, click here.

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