War on waste hits the road with truck tyres and jam jars

As everyday Australians increasingly look for ways to reuse and recycle, government projects are also incorporating the same mantra in their public works — and it is not just good news for the environment.

The Nambucca Shire Council, on the New South Wales Mid North Coast, has begun a trial of a road sealing process call Otta seal.

Otta seal which contains 3 to 15 per cent recycled truck tyres for the bitumen and recycled quarry and construction products for the aggregate.

"When we do our own sealing and reseals, we quite often have left over aggregate that sits in a stock pile because it can't be reused," said Paul Gallagher, Nambucca Shire's assistant general manager of engineering services.