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Building Roads with Plastic Bags and Glass

Posted by GlobalPSC at 5:09 pm, August 3rd, 2018Comments0





The GlobalPSC joined one of our Sustaining Corporate Members, Close the Loop, and other stakeholders for the launch of the first road in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, built from soft plastics and glass.

The road, in the Sutherland Shire, incorporated soft plastics (equal to 176,000 plastic bags), glass (equal to over 55,000 glass bottles), toner from almost 4,000 toner cartridges and 66 tonnes of asphalt from reclaimed roads.

Infrastructure service provider Downer notes that the road product, called Plastiphalt, is cost competitive and has a 65 per cent improvement in fatigue life, as well as increased resistance to deformation. These characteristics allow Plastiphalt roads to last longer and to better handle heavy vehicle traffic.

Nerida Mortlock, General Manager of Close the Loop Australia, noted, “Our close partnership with Downer, along with our collaborative partnerships with RedCycle and Plastic Police has allowed us to design, develop and manufacture sustainable products using problematic waste  streams. We are very pleased to see soft plastics used for the first time in a NSW road”.


GlobalPSC Member Profile – RED Group

Posted by GlobalPSC at 11:08 am, December 7th, 2012Comments1






We welcome RED Group as the latest member of the Global Product Stewardship Council. The REDcycle Program has been developed and implemented by the RED Group to recover and recycle soft plastic bags and packaging returned to drop off points by Australian consumers. The material is processed in Melbourne and then sent on to Victorian company, Replas, to be converted into recycled plastic furniture for schools and communities. The program is a working product stewardship model and is proudly supported by program partners Coles, the Australian Food and Grocery Council, the Australian Packaging Covenant, Amcor and Replas. Some of Australia’s most loved brands are also participating including Arnott’s, Cadbury, Birds Eye, George Weston Foods, Goodman Fielder, Kellogg’s, Kimberly-Clark, McCain and SunRice.

The involvement of these producers, retailers and industry bodies ensure that everyone involved in the life cycle of a product – manufacturers, distributors and consumers – share responsibility for that product throughout its entire life cycle, including its end-of-life outcome.

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