The NEW JERSEY project aims to demonstrate and validate a new generation of eco-friendly new-jersey safe barriers with improved impact absorption performance made of recycled rubber from tyres, recycled plastics and concrete.
The new barrier’s design expects to take the most of the properties of the rubber coming from the recycled tyres by increasing the energy absorption capacity of the barriers and reducing their overall weight. At the same time, the use of waste tyres and recycled plastics as components of the new-jersey barriers will contribute to revalorize these wastes as raw materials for a new application. Thus the ultimate goal of the project is to demonstrate that the new barriers performs better than traditional concrete new jersey barriers at the same time that an positive environmental impact is obtained by reusing wasted materials and reducing associated CO2 emissions.
Along the duration of the project, two different outlines of the new model of barrier will be developed:
Finally, in order to evaluate the environmental benefits obtained, a Life Cycle Analysis study will be carried out for the developed products.
The NEW JERSEY Project addresses the EU Environmental Policy and Governance, specifically the priority Waste and Natural Resources, and is funded by the European Commision through the LIFE + program, grant number LIFE10 ENV/ES/515.