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 in South Australia.
The sustainable recycled asphalt called Reconophalt was trialled on Dernancourt’s Glenwood Walk, Heathfield Grove and Wynn Vale Community Centre carpark. It met Council expectations in terms of performance, cost and demonstrated its commitment to environmental sustainability.
The three projects totalling 2,100 cubic metres soaked up the equivalent of 200,000 plastic bags, 7,400 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.