Case studies

footway recycling

Case study: footway recycling


  • Project name: Footway Recycling Scheme
  • Client: Dudley Metropolitan Borough Councill
  • Area: Darby End Road and Vale Road – Netherton
  • Date: September 2012

JPCS is the appointed contractor for footway micro and slurry seal surface treatments covering areas of the Metropolitan Boroughs of Dudley and Sandwell and the City of Wolverhampton until 2017.


To maximise resources and investment throughout the contract, an innovative, cost-effective solution to refurbish deteriorated footways was needed.


Working in partnership with Dudley MBC, JPCS developed a new, sustainable footway recycling process. The process involves excavating the existing macadam surfacing and recycling it using a mobile asphalt recycler. Rejuvenated material is laid as a new binder course and then overlaid with a Rejuvoflex slurry seal/micro asphalt surface course.


  • The new footway recycling solution means the whole surface of the pavement can be replaced, whilst avoiding the costly process of traditional reconstruction
  • The footway recycling scheme enabled the council to avoid costly reconstruction, helping to save thousands of pounds – a saving of nearly 15 per cent on standard pavement replacement
  • The process is sustainable, using no virgin aggregates, reducing and recycling waste materials and reducing CO2 emissions. In addition, there was no need to transport materials to site, and with plant vehicles remaining on-site for the process, transport associated carbon footprint for the project was reduced
  • The process delivered cost certainty for the project, without being subject to the increased cost/price volatility of bitumen
  • Reduced disruption for residents while improvements were being made
  • Tried and tested, durable surface course, lasting over 20 years.