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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Australia Testing Recycled Glass Mix In Pavement

"A Doncaster East footpath will be made with recycled glass and crushed brick in state-first trial aimed at reusing waste."

"Manningham Council’s new Andersons Creek sustainable pathway is being constructed using a recycled materials mix developed by Swinburne University researchers. If successful, the pavement could help clear the hundreds of thousands of tonnes of crushed brick and glass sitting unused in Victoria. It would also avoid mining virgin stone presently used in foothpath construction."

"Swinburne University civil and geotechnical engineering associate professor Arul Arulrajah said the use of recycled materials would go a long way to reducing brick and glass stockpiles. “In Victoria alone, about 1.4 million tonnes of crushed brick and 250,000 tonnes of non-recyclable glass end up in landfill every year,” Dr Arulrajah, a Lower Templestowe resident, said."

"In the Manningham pavement trial, more than 12 tonnes of recycled glass will be used in the 240m path. Councillor Meg Downie said traditional footpath and bicycle path materials were becoming scarce in some areas. “It makes sense to use recycled crushed glass and crushed brick/concrete in these applications to ... make our pathways more sustainable,” Cr Downie said."

"The trial is a joint initiative between the council, the Municipal and Association of Victoria (MAV) and the Packaging Stewardship Forum of the Australian Food and Grocery Council, which represents a number of beverage companies and their packaging firms."

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