A vehicle that both recycles and re-lays old asphalt for footpath resurfacing is being trialled by Dorset County Council.
Manufactured by RSL, the VEB Hot Asphalt Recycler is on loan from Cornwall Council as North Dorset trials it on two footpaths in the area.
The process works by skimming off existing layers of asphalt from the footpath and loading them into the machines hopper. Once a small amount of bitumen has been added, the asphalt is then heated up and re-laid on the pathway or as a patch on the road.
It is capable of producing up to 10 tonnes of recycled asphalt per hour.
Head of the Dorset Works Organisation - the county councils in-house contracting division Andrew Martin said: These trials highlight our need to carry out more work using new techniques that could reduce costs and the impact we have on the environment.
Other technology to repair potholes more efficiently than conventional methods called velocity patching is also being tested. It is thought that both machines would save the council money on construction materials and reduce transport and waste costs.