In a first for Victoria, the City of Greater Bendigo will use an asphalt mix containing a large volume of recycled materials to pave the domestic waste drop off and weighbridge areas at the Eaglehawk Landfill.
The areas will be paved using a new Boral asphalt product to provide a much better experience for customers when they visit the landfill to drop off their waste.
The asphalt to be used in the project will be made from approximately:
- 586,000 recycled plastic bottles
- 303,000 recycled glass bottles, and
- 66.5 tonne of recycled asphalt
City of Greater Bendigo Director of Presentation and Assets Debbie Wood said the City is committed to sustainability and by utilising the environmentally friendly asphalt product was leading by example.
“This is a really exciting project for the City as we are keen to support the use of sustainable products where possible so when the opportunity arose to use this type of asphalt we thought it was a great way to highlight the importance of the circular economy,” Ms Wood said.
“The asphalt product we will be using has only been used in two other projects in Perth and Newcastle so we expect it will create a lot of interest from other local governments, business and organisations throughout Australia.
“We expect that this project will inspire a greater acceptance of using recycled products in this way.
“While the landfill itself only has a limited life span the facility will continue to operate as a transfer station into the future and this project is about preparing for that transition.
“The works will commence on Monday February 17 and are expected to take up to 12 weeks to complete.
“During the works there will be access to only one weigh bridge at certain times and customers should expect delays when entering and exiting the landfill site.
“The City apologises for any inconvenience the works may cause and we are asking customers to follow the safety measures that are in place and the directions of staff while the works take place.
“To avoid any delays caused by the works, residents can use the Strathfieldsaye Transfer Station as an alternative disposal site during this time. However, they should be mindful a different pay structure will apply and should check the City’s website for details.”