The City of Melbourne is paving roads with recycled plastics

The City of Melbourne is paving roads with recycled plastics

Paving the way to sustainability.

Plastics that were previously destined for landfill are now being turned into asphalt and used to pave city streets in a new City of Melbourne trial.

Sections of Spring Street will be paved over with recycled plastics, originating from objects such as used car bumper bars. Flinders Street and South Yarra’s Alexandra Street and Anderson Street were paved with the new material within the past month. The asphalt is made up of 50 per cent recycled plastics and other recyclable material such as slag aggregates.

Lord Mayor Sally Capp said the newly-paved streets will look exactly the same as any other street. Melbourne collects 11,000 tonnes of residential recycling and uses 10,000 tonnes of asphalt each year.

“The trial will allow us to assess whether we can use more recycled materials and plastic when we resurface our roads,” Deputy Lord Mayor Arron Wood said in a statement.

WASTE NOT: Did you know we're using plastic previously destined for landfill to resurface our streets?We collect 11,000…

Posted by City of Melbourne on Tuesday, 19 November 2019

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