The government of Nova Scotia plans to use asphalt shingles from construction waste to pave a road in Goodwood, near Halifax. The pilot project on Mills Drive will use 20 tonnes of recycled shingles.
Halifax C&D Recycling came up with a process of turning discarded shingles into asphalt grit, a substance used in pavement. It is partnering with the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, the Department of Environment, and the Resource Recovery Fund Board (RRFB) of Nova Scotia.
Nova Scotia’s Minister of Environment, Mark Parent, said the $180,000 project will reduce the amount of garbage that goes into the province’s landfills.
Reusing the material in road pavement will improve “salt management in winter and environmentally sustainable road construction,” said Murray Scott, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.
Bill Ring, CEO of RRFB, said the new technology will also promote business opportunities. Already, businesses along Mills Drive are providing 40 per cent of the funding for the project. The RRFB is providing the other 40 per cent and the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal is picking up the rest of the tab.
The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal will test the paving to determine its potential to be used on other roads across the province, where hundreds of kilometers are paved each year.