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Carbon Crusher gives old roads new life

Published 22 Mar 2023 (updated 29 Apr 2024) · 2 min read

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  • Method for recycling materials from old roads
  • Creates new materials for road construction on site
  • Cuts cost and greenhouse gas emissions

Crusher transforms damaged road surfaces into recycled raw materials for road construction, immediately and on site. The method could be a revolution for upgrading infrastructure.

Roads that have been damaged after decades of traffic, heat or frost heaving can find themselves in need of extensive repairs. Damaged road bodies are a hazard to drivers, as well as a problem for entire cities and communities.

Upgrading road infrastructure, however, is both costly and resource-intensive, leading to extensive greenhouse gas emissions from transport and construction.

Recycling materials on site

Crusher has developed a method for crushing roads on site in order to create new and fresh materials.

The crushed road surfaces are treated with the organic compound lignin – extracted from trees – which gives the material the flexibility that road bodies need for surviving harsh winters and hot summers.

The Crusher method means road construction companies can avoid having to transport damaged materials away from old roads. It also means substantial cuts in costs and greenhouse gas emissions from avoiding transport of new raw materials to a site.

The recycled raw material is strong and stable, as well as environmentally friendly.

Tractors driving on road

Concrete benefits

Upgrading roads using the Crusher method leads to tremendous savings in costs, time and resource use. It also leads to substantial cuts in greenhouse gas emissions from transport and construction.

Market potential

Upholding the quality of existing infrastructure is a challenge all around the world. Crusher is initially focusing on Scandinavia and North America, but will also expand beyond those markets.

Crusher was established in 2005 in Telemark, Norway. In 2017 it won a Norwegian Gazelle award for fast-growing, profitable businesses.

Worker looking over at tractor working

Lloyd Sundstøl

Managing Director and founder

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