Latrobe Local News:
Recycled glass to be used in road construction trial
Council project to try out the efficiency of the recycles material.
By news@gippsland - 19th March 2021 - Back to News
Latrobe City Council is excited to be part of a trial that will see asphalt containing recycled glass laid on a Traralgon road. One of Councilís road surfacing contractors, Gippsland Asphalt, a subsidiary of Fowlers Asphalting, will lay asphalt that contains 15% recycled glass. This glass will be provided by DASMA recycling at Tramway Road, Morwell, Councilís recycling contractor.
Asphalt containing recycled glass in Traralgon road
"Using recycled glass within the asphalt reduces the amount of quarried material used. Every quarry stone extracted and crushed takes energy and uses a finite resource," Council Mayor, Cr Sharon Gibson said.
Location for the trial has been selected
The trial will hopefully build confidence and capacity in the concept. The initial idea for the project was driven by GHD, DASMA and Fowlers Asphalting Pty Ltd. The asphalt will be laid in Traralgon, on the intersection of Franklin Street and Seymour Street, a site selected because it is showing signs of deterioration.
As a major intersection in Traralgon, it will provide an insight into how the mix performs under heavy traffic conditions, with both turning and straight through movements. If it performs well and is economically sound, the product may be used on other roads in Latrobe City.
Purpose of recycled material trials
Council was pleased to receive $118,893 from the Victorian Governmentís Sustainable Infrastructure Fund for the project. Council will contribute the same amount. The Sustainable Infrastructure Fund supports local governments and alpine resort management boards to use recycled materials in infrastructure projects. The fund is delivered by Sustainability Victoria, on behalf of the Victorian Government. The fund aims to:
- Demonstrate performance of existing products and standards
- Improve confidence in using products made from recycled materials
- Increase the quantity of recycled products being sold in Victoria
- Support organisations to try new technology and processes
Governmentís ground-breaking project
Eighteen local councils and alpine resort management boards will share in more than $2.6 million through the Sustainable Infrastructure Fund to use recycled materials in infrastructure projects. Together, these 18 councils and alpine resort management boards will support 338 job opportunities and use approximately 2000 tonnes of recycled materials including glass, plastic and rubber to create roads, footpaths, outdoor park furniture, drainage and pavements.
The Sustainable Infrastructure Fund is part of the Governmentís ground-breaking $380 million Recycling Victoria: A new economy plan that is transforming Victoriaís waste and recycling sector and building its circular economy. For more information, visit: https://www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/Grants-andfunding/SustainableInfrastructure-Fund.
Pictures from Fowlers Asphalting Facebook page.
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