As a company committed to achieving carbon neutrality, Alex Fraser has created PolyPave, an asphalt product that can contain high volumes of recycled materials including plastic, glass and RAP.
Across Sydney, 16 metropolitan councils have joined forces to recycle nearly 100 million glass containers yearly into local roads. This marks the largest local government led procurement of recycled materials for road building in NSW.
The road construction industry has long played its part to investigate the use of recycled products in projects. Infrastructure Victoria’s recommendations for a $1 billion overhaul of the waste sector in the state are hoped to progress this work further, while creating 5000 jobs and increasing regional recycling
For decades, Alex Fraser has supplied the road construction sector with sustainable materials for major projects and municipal works. Now, one million tonnes of resources made from recyclables are at risk of ending up in landfill, with Alex Fraser’s Clarinda facility at risk of closing.
To encourage the development of new ways to use material otherwise sent to landfill, the state government announced $1.6 million for research projects that create an end market for recycled materials.
Deakin School of Engineering researchers have found ground waste glass can be used as a substitute for sand when making polymer concrete.