Epping’s Yale Drive to be upgraded with recycled glass

In a Victorian-first, the City of Whittlesea is set to repair a section of a local road by using glass collected from kerbside recycling bins.

The base layer of Yale Drive in Epping will be repaired using recycled glass that has been converted into glass sand, which will be used in the asphalt mix. The top layer of the road will be laid with conventional asphalt.

This unique project will be delivered in partnership with local recycling businesses Repurpose It and Metro Asphalt, with funding from the Victorian Government’s Sustainable Infrastructure Fund.

The Yale Drive recycled road is expected to have the same longevity as traditional asphalt, is comparable in cost and will result in a smoother driving experience.

City of Whittlesea Chair Administrator Lydia Wilson said the project is part of Council’s commitment to innovation and sustainability.

“Council is committed to finding infrastructure solutions that withstand changing climates and has minimal cost to our environment in its production and application,” Ms Wilson said.

“It is very exciting to be partnering with industry leaders who are using new technologies and processes, so we can minimise our resource consumption and waste production,” Ms Wilson said.

Council will monitor the performance of the new approach against an adjoining section of road that will be repaired at the same time using conventional methods.

The project is due to commence mid-2021.

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