Boral, a major Australian construction and building materials supplier, has constructed a suburban street in Perth using four recycled materials.
The street materials include waste tyres, plastic, glass and old road pavement, all of which were originally bound for landfill.
Shredded tyres were turned to small pellets, glass was crushed to the dimension of sand particles, plastic bottles were converted into small flakes, and asphalt from former roads was recycled into aggregate.
“The transition to offering sustainable products within our suite of asphalt mixes presents both a significant opportunity and responsibility for Boral and our customers,” said John Raph, Boral Western Australia Regional General Manager.
The recycled materials were combined with crushed rock and bitumen to pave a street in Willetton, WA.
“We want to be part of the solution to reducing landfill waste and aim to make a real difference by promoting sustainable practices. We are contributing to a positive environmental impact, landfill avoidance and re-use of materials through our asphalt pavement operations,” said Mr. Ralph.
Boral partnered with the City of Canning council to create the road.
City of Canning Mayor Paul Ng, explained Canning’s partnership with Boral in the road resurfacing trial was born from the City’s desire to think and operate innovatively, and to make a contribution to sustainability.
In total Boral says it used the equivalent of 58,000, 600 milliliter plastic water bottles, 316 tyres from 79 passenger cars, and 37,500 glass beer bottles.
“Single-use plastics are one of the biggest items going to landfill – it’s astounding that 58,000 water bottles can be used in a positive way to help create a road that will last more than 30 years, and the City is very proud to be a part of that,” Mayor Ng said.