Bayside’s Recycling Hits the Road
July 8, 2019
Dozens of Bayside streets are being turned into green roads in the council’s latest maintenance blitz. To complete the resurfacing project, Alex Fraser is repaving residential streets throughout the suburbs of Black Rock, Brighton, Highett and Hampton with high-quality asphalt products including volumes of recycled materials.
The project utilised more than 12,000 tonnes of sustainable asphalt, including Green Roads PolyPave™ – an innovative, high performance asphalt product containing recycled materials, including HDPE plastic, glass and RAP (Recycled Asphalt Pavement).
By going green Bayside has reduced landfill by almost 4000 tonnes and carbon emissions by more than 21,606 kilograms.
Bayside roads have reused more than 100,000 2L milk bottles and 3.4 million glass bottles – equivalent to 9188 wheelie bins of waste glass and plastic, or the annual kerbside recycling for 350 households.
Bayside Mayor, Cr Michael Heffernan said Bayside was ramping up its use of recycled materials in road construction as part of its pledge to greater environmental sustainability.
“We are committed to becoming more sustainable in every aspect of our operations and Green Roads are a great reflection of this commitment. Our residents can be confident that the recycling in their kerbside recycling bins can have a new life as the roads we drive and ride on,” he said.
Alex Fraser Managing Director Peter Murphy said this was a standout example of how a local community can play an active and important role in the state’s circular economy.
“Local governments’ role in recycling goes far beyond kerbside collection. Bayside City Council provides an excellent illustration of how local communities can maximise returns from resource recovery. By choosing to invest in recycled resources, Bayside has made significant commercial savings and reduced the carbon footprint of their project by around 65 per cent,” said Peter.