A property developer has teamed up with a local council and business in WA to pave the way for a greener future, by building an asphalt road surface made from recycled plastic bags, printer cartridges and car tyres, revealing what is in store for future property developments.
Cecilia and Skerne Lanes have been sealed with Reconophalt, a type of asphalt made from 40,000 plastic bags, 900 toner cartridges, 210 kilograms of crumb rubber from tyres and seven tonnes of recycled asphalt pavement, which the local government claims is the first recycled road in all of Western Australia.
The Reconophalt, which was laid down through a collaboration of Frasers Property and Densford Civil in the Portdevelopment is expected to improve the fatigue life of the road by 65 per cent and was laid on 5 June.
The trial is evidence of how local councils can work with private individuals to reduce the impact of waste on the environment, and there are plans to extend the scope of the trial, according to Nicki Ledger, waste education officer from the City of Cockburn.
“The City is proud to support this trial by Frasers Property and Densford Civil, the first of its kind in WA, and will certainly be looking to continue using Reconophalt in Cockburn in the future,” Ms Ledger said.
“We believe it is vital to encourage the use of recycled materials wherever possible to stimulate the development of recycling industries here in Australia.”
Through the trial, Stuart Gardiner, general manager of residential WA at Frasers Property, said that the implications of this technology could create positive waste minimisation.
“This progressive environmental solution in the waterfront community at Port Coogee demonstrates the importance of sustainable partnerships to create economic, social and environmental value for materials that would more than likely end up in landfill or as pollutants in our natural environments,” Mr Gardiner said.
“We look forward to monitoring the trial of this recycled asphalt and how the new surface performs over time.”
Speaking to sister publication My Business, Mr Gardiner said the extension of the trial is a possibility if it proves to be successful.
“If the outcome of the trial goes well, we will certainly look at extended uses across our business in Western Australia, with similar council support as the City of Cockburn has demonstrated,” he said.