We are literally taking recycling to the streets this summer with a new form of asphalt made with recycled plastics produced by Fulton Hogan.
Three sections of road in Geelong will receive the PlastiPhalt surface treatment in our first trial of the product. The combined 1100 metres of road surface will save the equivalent of 3500 kilograms of plastics going to landfill.
PlastiPhalt uses plastics that are commonly not recycled and destined for landfill.
A local Geelong plant shreds the plastic material, then refines it into a usable material.
We currently utilises 10% Recycled Asphalt Pavement (RAP) in its asphalt products while PlastiPhalt utilises 20 percent RAP in the mix, further reducing the impact on natural resources.
The PlastiPhalt product, has been rigorously tested and is proven to not contain microplastics (tiny fragments of plastic) which are known as a pollutant in our waterways.
The initial cost of installation is approximately 10 percent higher than standard asphalt, however, testing of PlastiPhalt roads indicate that the product is more durable than standard asphalt offering a higher resistance to rutting (like potholes).
Importantly, the PlastiPhalt surface can itself also be reused as RAP in new road surfaces in the future, supporting the circular economy.
The result for the City is a product that is more environmentally-friendly than traditional asphalt, keeping tonnes of previously non-recyclable plastics out of expensive landfill cells. CO2 emission are also reduced by up to 30 percent due to the use of warm mix technology.
The three sections of road:
- Roslyn road (Thornhill Road – South Valley Road in Highton)
- Moorabool street (Kilgour Street – McKillop Street in Geelong) and
- Purnell road (Princes Freeway – Teleta Crescent in Corio)
are expected to be refurbished between January and March 2020.
Councillor Stephanie Asher - Mayor
This clever and creative trial will save thousands of kilograms of plastics from going to landfill, reducing our impact on the environment.
Council is committed to finding new and innovative ways to use recycled products and support a circular economy, while at the same time providing quality infrastructure for the community.
Councillor Eddy Kontelj - Chair, Environment portfolio
I think the community will share in my excitement about this innovative trial, which will divert more waste from landfill. We are thrilled to be partnering with Fulton Hogan on this innovative approach to achieving a tangible waste reuse solution. I’m also pleased the PlastiPhalt product doesn’t contain any microplastics that could cause pollution in our waterways.
This is exactly the type of business Council should be conducting and it is a positive step towards us engaging in a Circular Economy. These are the type of initiatives I will continue advocating for in my new role as Chair of the Environmental portfolio in order to reduce our carbon footprint, have a positive impact on the environment and to invest further in recycled materials to build new, sustainable infrastructure in the future. This is just the start!
We must reduce council’s impact on the environment whenever we can. In the long term, projects such as this will create greater demand for recycled products, further reducing prices as well.