At Rhino, we are conscious of how our services and materials impact the surrounding environment. Please find below some information about our impact assessments for each product line.
- Noise: The b-bump noise created by traffic driving over concrete joints or wide cracks can be eliminated. A Jointmaster repair spans the joint, eliminating the gap formed by the movement which generates the tyre noise.
- Disruption: Daily outputs of 400 linear metres in a shift means the Rhino crews are out of the way quickly leaving the road open to traffic. Work on motorways and trunk roads is mostly carried out overnight. In this instance the highway can be fully open to traffic before the morning rush hour.
- Skid Resistant Surface: Helps to reduce accidents.
- Material Usage: As an alternative to plane-off and resurface, treating cracks with Jointmaster could use just 4% of the material required to resurface.
- Recycling: All packaging is recycled, and waste produced by the planing operation is handled by licensed and authorised trade waste organisations. Waste transfer certificates are received for every load.
- Energy/Fuel: At 4% of the material requirements of a plane-off and resurface operation, Jointmaster also saves considerable amounts of energy input into the process compared to resurfacing.
- Hazardous Materials: All materials are compliant with REACH regulations.
- Longevity: Often an asphalt wearing course is in sound condition other than cracks which are allowing water ingress. These surfaces are often removed and replaced even though 96% is perfectly serviceable. Many engineers choose Jointmaster to reseal the road, keeping the remaining value still left in the existing asphalt layer.
- Biodiversity: Kerb edge sealing eliminates the need for continuous weed killer sprays which helps maintain fauna biodiversity.
Additionally water run off is directed into the gullies.
The environmental impact of affecting a repair that will last for 5 years minimum is to reduce the material usage traditionally incurred by re-repairs and the impact of repeat visits to site to effect these re-repairs. Wherever possible we try to incorporate recycled materials into our products, to this end, the Jointmaster system incorporates recycled rubber and vehicle tyres.
Rhino Asphalt Solutions Ltd are certified and approved under the following management systems and our current certificates are attached below:
- Noise: Noise from rattling covers is an increasing social nuisance and for good reason. Ironmaster is selected for use in urban environments, where the guarantee covers the correct seating of covers and frames, eliminating rattling covers.
- Disruption: Minimising disruption was the key driver for TfL’s use of Ironmaster on the A23 at Brixton where 330 Gullies were repaired. This formed part of a larger contract including carriageway resurfacing where the client specifically wanted to avoid having to revisit this busy section of road for a period of 5 years, a decision based upon minimising disruption.
- Recycling: All waste packaging, excavated road hardcore and ironwork (covers and frames) are recycled through licensed waste carriers. Our preferred supplier of new covers and frames, Saint Gobain, make all their highway ironwork from 100% recycled metal.
- Energy / Fuel: An Ironmaster installation is energy efficient compared to traditional systems as the installation is carried out just once and will last beyond its guaranteed lifetime of 5 years. Other traditional installation systems will last just half this time before requiring re-repairs and hence waste.
- Hazardous Materials: Our high-performance bedding mortar is an environmentally friendly alternative to resin-based bedding mortars where high strength quick setting properties are required. The Ironmaster bedding mortar does not have a requirement for hazardous waste disposal unlike resin-based alternatives. Our cementitious infill mortar is also non-hazardous. All materials are compliant with REACH regulations.
- Longevity: A traditional repair to highway ironwork on a principal road lasts on average just 2½ years. With Ironmaster guaranteed for 5 years and many still in the road and working well after 10 years, the impact to the environment is significant. Over a 10-year period with traditional methods, 4 re-repairs would have been necessary compared with just one with Ironmaster, saving considerable amounts of waste.
- Water Management: The gulley covers supplied by Saint Gobain are engineered for high efficiency to direct the maximum flow of surface water into the drain. These improve water management, removing it from the road surface more efficiently than other gulley covers.
- Material Usage: Traditional methods of patching and thin bond repairs require cutting out the existing surface, squaring off and re-laying hot asphalt. Masterscreed does not require the repair area to be cut out and squared off. It is applied to the existing hole. In fact, the rough texture of a pothole’s surround aids the adhesion of the material. Masterscreed thereby eliminates the need for disposal of road hardcore.
- Non-Hazardous Materials: All materials are compliant with REACH regulations.
- Noise: With less plant and equipment than a traditional hot patch crew, noise is considerably reduced. The Masterscreed process has no need for rollers, saw cutters, road breakers or asphalt tippers.
- Disruption: A Masterscreed crew can achieve outputs of up to 300 sq.m of patching in a shift. This means sites can be treated and opened to traffic very quickly compared to traditional systems, thereby minimising disruption.
- Material Usage: Removes the need for constant maintenance of block/brick work which can come lose easily, saving material in the long run.
- Fast operation: of 70sq.m in a shift reduces disruption.
- BSI UKAS: We take quality, environment, and safety seriously with BSI UKAS accreditation for ISO 9001:2015, ISO14001:2015 and ISO 45001:2018
- Reinstatements save materials rather than complete resurfacing.
- Safety from loose blocks: eliminates trip hazards of loose blocks and slabs to minimise trip hazards for pedestrians. It removes the hazard of loose blocks being used as projectiles in protests or civil disruptions, as the imprinted surface cannot be dislodged.
- Visual Safety: Imprinting creates a visual delineator at places such as junctions to warn drivers and pedestrians on the change of use of surface, reducing hazards such as accidents and collisions.
- Noise: It can act as a traffic calming method, helping to slow vehicles, therefore reducing noise pollution. Specific patterns, such as the 45° herringbone, can reduce tyre noise.
Bridge Joint Products
- Material usage: often only the top layer needs replacing, saving materials on replacing the whole area.
- Disruption: fewer work shifts are required for this method as it is a quick operation, which requires fewer lane closures, causing less disruption.
Slurry Seal Products
- Material Usage: only the materials needed are mixed and used on the job, leaving minimal waste.
- Quick and cost effective way to restore the profile of an uneven surface, creating a skid resistant, smooth finish, with fewer trip hazards.
Concrete Repair Products
- Returning the surface to a concrete finish avoids the ongoing maintenance associated with failing asphalt overlays.
- Treating the cracks, joints and kerb edges directs the water back into the gullies away from the substrate where it can undermine the structure of the road.
- Revived the texture on the surface of the road for safe transition of vehicles.
- Returns a consistent concrete coloured finish, kerb to kerb, offering consistent aesthetics.
- A whole surface solution which is seen by the public, to have treated all the defects visible on the road.
- Creates a consistent, smooth surface for vehicles, with all potholes eliminated.