Highway materials recycling

In 2021 the Highways team and our partners won a prestigious International Green Apple Environment Award for our new highway materials recycling facility. This dedicated facility recycles material for re-use in road repairs – bringing back material taken up during repair, processing it cleanly and quietly, and then re-using it elsewhere on the local road network.

The recycled material is laid cold which means specialist insulated lorries are not needed to collect and deliver the material, and there is no waste from unused material. The cold recycled road surface uses a fifth of the energy of traditional materials and saves 40 per cent of the CO2 emissions.

With around 5,500 miles of roads to maintain across Hampshire this will make a significant contribution to reducing our carbon footprint, leading the way in sustainable construction and reducing our reliance on external supply chains.