New construction method used
A new road construction method using recycled plastics, glass and toner cartridges has been used at Wards Hill Rd in Empire Bay.
The newly-laid section of Wards Hill Rd between the intersection with Empire Bay Dve right and the intersection with Pomona Rd is one of the first on the Central Coast to be made using a new product known as Reconophalt.
Council's Director Roads Transport and Drainage Mr Boris Bolgoff said the product would save thousands of tonnes of waste from ending up in landfill.
"To give you an idea of the quantity of waste that can be saved, a 600m section of road can be made using 631,000 plastic bags, 117,000 glass bottles, toner from 14,400 used printer cartridges, and 160 tonnes of reclaimed road asphalt.
"The product is added to bitumen and the end result is equal or superior to traditional asphalt with data showing improved strength and resistance to deformation, which makes roads last longer and better handle heavy vehicle traffic," Mr Bolgoff said.
Mr Bolgoff said Council has partnered with the Plastic Police Program to establish the local collection of soft plastics for recycling into Reconophalt and opportunities for the public to drop off their soft plastics for reuse into local roads will be announced soon.
Media release, 19 Jun 2019
Boris Bolgoff, Central Coast Council
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