From plastic bags to streets – Ginninderry spearheads adoption of recycled asphalt in Strathnairn, with 4,200 tonnes planned.

An innovative recycled asphalt solution is now being used to build roads in the new stages of Strathnairn. The roads paved in Stage 2 will divert soft plastics from 3,094,700 plastic bag and packaging equivalents, glass from 617,640 glass bottle equivalents, toner from 75,600 used printer cartridges and 1,050 tonnes of reclaimed road from landfill.

Ginninderry Project Director, Steve Harding said incorporating ‘Reconophalt’ into civil construction works is another demonstration of Ginninderry’s ongoing commitment to delivering ‘a sustainable community of international significance’.

Chris Steel MLA with members of the Ginninderry, HUON Contractors and Downer project teams

“We are always striving to employ practices, processes and systems that embody innovation and design excellence,” Mr Harding said.

“By utilising recycled asphalt in sub-division works, we can now deliver an ongoing sustainable solution for the extensive road network at Ginninderry, and make a measurable difference to the environment by reusing waste that would otherwise end up in landfill.”

“Downer, together with our partners Huon Contractors and Calibre Group have delivered a truly world-class outcome in line with our vision.”

Downer’s Surfacing Manager – NSW and ACT, Gana Varendran, said that he was pleased to see the leadership and commitment shown by Ginninderry to pave the roads of Strathnairn with Reconophalt, a product that is environmentally safe, sustainable and outperforms standard asphalt.

The Downer crew paving Reconophalt at Strathnairn

“Reconophalt is cost effective and has enhanced properties of improved strength and resistance to deformation making the road asset last longer. ”

“Even after a road has been laid with Reconophalt, the pavement is perpetually recyclable, providing a truly circular and sustainable solution for communities and generations to come,” added Gana.

ACT Minister for Roads and Active Travel, Chris Steel said the commitment to using recycled asphalt for future roads at Ginninderry is another example of the ACT’s leading approach to sustainability.

“Canberrans can expect that we will be using a lot more recycled material in infrastructure to put the circular economy in action.”

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