Program for recycled content infrastructure gets funding boost

Council welcomes the Victorian Government’s funding of $158,000 toward its project to use recycled materials to resurface the first local road in Monash.

The Monash Pathways to Recycled Content Infrastructure Project will use recycled glass, soft and hard plastic and rubber to renew existing projects and create new ones.

In this first stage, a local road will be resurfaced with Reconophalt which uses a mix of local soft plastic, toner cartridges and glass from end of life products and packaging.

An unsealed car park in Glen Waverley will also benefit from the project, with resurfacing taking place.

Monash Mayor Brian Little said the program was the first step in further upgrades using recycled materials.

“This is a huge step forward for Monash and one I am delighted to endorse. Council has committed to a Zero Net Carbon Action Plan and using recycled materials will prevent a quantity of difficult materials ending up in landfill while delivering great infrastructure improvements for our community,” Cr Little said.

“Monash has long invested in recovery of recyclables through our kerbside bin collection service and is now moving to close the loop on the circular economy by buying back recycled materials and using them in our projects where possible.”

Other potential projects in the pipeline include using recycled content rubber and glass in the Atkinson Street cycleway, connecting Monash’s two key bike paths (Scotchmans Creek and Djerring Trail) across Oakleigh. The cycleway project will use EG Tech Ecolite to complete a concrete path, which is made of 95% recycled glass. This the first time this product will be used in Monash.

This project is supported by Sustainability Victoria’s Sustainable Infrastructure Fund, delivered on behalf of the Victorian Government.

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