Innovative road resurfacing works completed

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The City of Joondalup has completed resurfacing works at Arnisdale Road, Duncraig using a new, innovative material incorporating recycled waste.

Reconophalt, a road surface produced by the Downer Group, was used to resurface a section of Arnisdale Road between Glengarry Drive and Merrick Way.

Materials used to produce Reconophalt had been previously destined for landfill but were repurposed specifically for this project. They include:

  • Waste toner from approximately 4,950 printer cartridges;
  • 217,105 single use plastic shopping bags;
  • Scrap rubber from 157 tyres; and
  • More than 27 tonnes of recycled asphalt.

The City of Joondalup was one of the first local governments in Western Australia to partner with Downer and use Reconophalt after successful trials of the product in the eastern states.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said as an innovative local government, the City was excited to incorporate Reconophalt into its operations.

“Products like Reconophalt are vital as they provide another purpose to reuse soft plastics like single use plastic bags, which previously had to go to landfill,” Mayor Jacob said.

“The environmental benefits of this product are pretty clear, and we would like to see the use of Reconphalt extended to other road projects in the City

“The City of Joondalup has been at the forefront of recycling initiatives. That’s why we have been able to keep our refuse charge frozen for the past five years and why it remains one of the lowest rates among Perth metropolitan local governments.

“Embracing projects such as resurfacing with products like Reconophalt allow us to deliver cost benefits to our ratepayers, while helping us meet the State Government’s target of diverting 65% of municipal solid waste from landfill by 2020.”