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Plastic bags and canola oil used in the thousands in SA road project

The South Australian government is investing millions of dollars in using waste materials to seal parts of the $354 million Regency to Pym Street project.

As part of the government’s $12.9 billion infrastructure spend, 100 per cent recyclable materials have been used in the project, which is also creating hundreds of local jobs each year.

More than 320kg of recycled canola oil, 2,500 printer cartridges, 207 tonnes of recycled asphalt and 110,000 plastic bags have been re-used in the sealing process so far.

In a statement in early January, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government Stephan Knoll said that through the $12.9 billion pipeline of infrastructure works the government will create thousands of local jobs, reduce travel times and importantly improve road safety across South Australia.

“The Regency to Pym Project is a $354 million piece of the North-South Corridor puzzle that will create hundreds of jobs per year and will mean motorists will not have to stop at a single traffic light between the River Torrens and Gawler.”

As part of this project, the team sealed the construction office car park with 100 per cent recyclable materials.

“This meant we were able to save 9.4 tonnes of carbon dioxide which is equal to taking nine cars off our roads.

“The project will also be supporting a trial of the addition of plastic to the asphalt mix on a section of road pavement and will be exploring further opportunities to use recyclable materials on other aspects of the works,” Knoll said.

Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said that the government is always looking at ways in which it can reduce its carbon footprint and protect the environment for future generations.

“South Australia has been a nation leader in waste management, pioneering container deposit legislation, banning plastic bags and being the first mover as we look to remove single use plastics,” Spiers said.