South Australia is using 100 per cent recyclable materials to seal parts of its $354 million Regency to Pym Street project.
Infrastructure Minister Stephan Knoll said over 110,000 plastic bags, 324 kilograms of recycled canola oil, 2500 printer cartridges and 207 tonnes of recycled asphalt were used to seal the project’s construction office car park.
“The Regency to Pym Project is a $354 million piece of the North-South Corridor puzzle that will create hundreds of jobs per year and will mean motorists will not have to stop at a single traffic light between the River Torrens and Gawler,” he said.
“The project will also be supporting a trial of the addition of plastic to the asphalt mix on a section of road pavement, and will be exploring further opportunities to use recyclable materials on other aspects of the works.”
According to Mr. Knoll, the project saved 9.4 tonnes of carbon dioxide by using recycled materials, which is equal to taking nine cars off the road.
Environment Minister David Speirs said South Australia would continue to lead the nation in sustainable waste management.
“South Australia has been a nation leader in waste management, pioneering container deposit legislation, banning plastic bags and being the first mover as we look to remove single use plastics,” he said.
“The state government is leading by example, and is exploring innovative ways in which we can reduce our carbon footprint and support sustainable waste management initiatives.”