The recent construction of road surfaces using asphalt containing recycled soft plastics and glass has taken the use of recyclables to a whole new level in the City of Tea Tree Gully.
The asphalt product called Reconophalt was trialled on Dernancourt’s Glenwood Walk and Heathfield Grove, plus the car park at Jubilee Community Centre at Wynn Vale. It met Council expectations in terms of performance, cost and environmental sustainability.
The three projects, totalling 2,1003 metres, soaked up the equivalent of 200,000 plastic bags, 7400 glass bottles, toner from 4,500 printer cartridges and 76 tonnes of reclaimed road asphalt.
“Not only has the asphalt product proven to be a great product, it’s ticking all the boxes when it comes to environmental impact,” said Paul Murphy, Supervisor Civil Operations Maintenance at the Council.
“Further opportunities to reuse and recycle are continually being explored by Council staff,and, where practical, are implemented into everyday work practices.”
According to Planet Ark, roads using the asphalt product last longer and handle heavy vehicle traffic better than traditional asphalt. No microplastics are released over the life of the road.