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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Crushed Glass Paves Way to Better Roads in NSW Australia

17 Aug, 2011 12:00 AM

In a first for regional NSW, glass crushed and processed at Tuncurry's new glass processing plant has been used on Great Lakes roads.

A total of 100 tonnes of glass was used at the two demonstration sites, an amount equivalent to more than 550.000 stubbies. One of the two demonstration sites is Hawks Nest's Tuloa Avenue as well as Glen Ora Road at Nabiac.

The recycled glass was used in the asphalt as a partial replacement of sand.

The processing plant is part of a regional strategy to provide a recycling solution for glass bottles and jars collected from Great Lakes, Taree City and Gloucester councils.

"It's about sourcing local markets and local materials," Great Lakes manager of waste, health and regulatory services John Cavanagh said.

The processing plant is funded by the Australian Food and Grocery Council's Packaging Stewardship Forum (PSF) and the company JR Richards and Sons.

It will recycle more than 4500 tonnes of glass collected through council kerbside recycling systems annually.

Read the full article here.

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