Moreton Bay Paves the Way for Greener Roads

March 17, 2023

Since 2019, Alex Fraser and Moreton Bay Regional Council (MBRC) have continually worked together to build greener roads throughout the municipality, culminating in the recent resurfacing the Esplanade in Deception Bay.

The stretch of road was paved with Green Roads PolyPaveTM, an innovative, high-performing asphalt product containing reclaimed plastics, glass and recycled asphalt pavement (RAP).

Council Mayor Peter Flannery says that working with Alex Fraser Asphalt at Deception Bay had helped MBRC increase their use of recycled material in their projects and generate environmental savings.

“We’re paving the way by rolling out green road surfaces made with recycled materials from old roads, glass bottles, plastic containers and car tyres.

Alex Fraser Queensland Manager John Wanneck presents Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Peter Flannery with a Sustainable Outcomes Certificate detailing the sustainability benefits achieved on their project.

“It’s a win-win because it stops recyclable material ending up in landfill and it helps us reduce our carbon emissions at the same time.”

“At Esplanade, Deception Bay Council has managed to divert 130 tonnes of waste from landfill which is equivalent to 1,627 wheelie bins full, thanks to our contract with Alex Fraser Asphalt.

“We have been working with Alex Fraser Asphalt to roll out sustainable road resurfacing to help Moreton Bay green as we grow.”

Recycled Roads

Alex Fraser Queensland Area Manager John Wanneck explained the environmental benefits gained from using recycled products in Moreton Bay’s roads.

“In this one project at Esplanade, Deception Bay, we’ve managed to recycle roughly 72,000 glass bottles and 15,000 plastic milk containers in the asphalt,” he said.

“The asphalt plant that produced the material is powered by an oil recovered from old tyres, instead of traditional diesel. To produce the asphalt for this project, Alex Fraser recycled roughly 3,000 car tyres, saving more than 1,000 litres of fuel, and 4,000 kilograms of carbon.”

Mayor Flannery says this is all part of council’s work to protect the Moreton Bay region for future generations.

“The world is changing around us, and our population continues to grow, so it’s up to Council to be on the forefront of new green technology that will help preserve Moreton Bay for our children and their children,” he said.

Choosing PolyPaveTM asphalt on this project resulted in:

  • 130 tonnes diverted from landfill, equivalent to 1,627 wheelie bins,
  • 4,280 kilograms carbon emissions reduced,
  • 72,313 glass bottles recycled,
  • 14,463 plastic containers recycled,
  • 2,719 passenger tyres recycled, and
  • 925 litres of fuel saved

* Additional Co2 Savings have been achieved in the production of this product by using recycled Tyre Derived Fuel Oil as a substitute for Diesel.
**CO2 Savings are approximate only and exclude savings derived from the use plastics. Calculations are based on the AfPA Life Cycle Analysis Calculator.

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