Building Greener Roads
with Recycled Plastic and Glass
PolyPave™ asphalt incorporates recycled high-density polyethylene plastic.
Incorporating recycled plastic in asphalt results in several benefits, including:
- Increased fatigue life
- Improved asphalt rut resistance
- Increased asphalt modulus/ stiffness
- Increased wet tensile strength
- Reduction in asphalt mix flow and creep
- Reduces the effect of ultraviolet radiation damage
- Less sensitive to increased pavement temperature
- Reduction in plastic to landfill and oceans eco systems.
PolyPave™ in Stanley Street Richmond, Victoria:
- 1500 wheelie bins of plastic and glass were saved from landfill; equivalent to the annual kerbside recycling collection for the street.
- 7,300 plastic bottles and 55,000 glass bottles were recycled into the road.
Case study: City of Yarra
Victoria is a step closer towards a circular economy through the development of Green Roads PolyPave™ - a new high performance asphalt product containing recycled materials, including plastic, glass and RAP.
The City of Yarra has completed road resurfacing works with Stanley and Margaret Street in Richmond repaved with PolyPave™, containing recycled glass, asphalt. and HDPE plastic (hard plastic/bottles) amounting to almost 100 tonnes of recycled waste.
The trial project completed in 2018 reduced landfill by 97.3 tonnes and carbon emissions by 633 kilograms. Approximately 7,300 2L plastic bottles and 55,000 glass bottles were repurposed -equivalent to 1500 wheelie bins of waste glass and plastic, or the annual kerbside recycling collection for every household in Stanley Street.
Since this initial trial project, The City of Yarra has repaired and repaved many more streets, utilising 1000’s of additional tonnes of the sustainable asphalt; saving countless glass and plastic bottles from entering landfill.
This is a prime example of how circular economy can be achieved; with government, industry and community working together to recycle problem waste streams, and invest in recycled materials to build new, sustainable infrastructure.
The City of Yarra’s progressive approach to the use of sustainable material is an excellent illustration of how local councils can proactively reuse the waste generated in their communities to build and maintain their cities while reducing the carbon footprint of their projects by up to 65 per cent.
Mayor of City of Yarra Cr Daniel Nguyen said the City of Yarra had worked with for many years to incorporate sustainable materials, like glass, recycled concrete and brick, into its road works.
“As a council with a strong focus on sustainability we are excited about using recycled plastics in our latest roadworks for the wide range of environmental benefits it delivers,” said Cr Nguyen.
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