Earlier this year, the City of Cockburn local government poured their first road using Reconophalt in the waterfront town of Port Coogee. Reconophalt is made from various recycled waste materials and products such as waste toner from printer cartridges, rubber from car tyres, plastic bags and recycled asphalt pavement.
According to Frasers Property Australia, the road was created using 750 sqm of Reconophalt comprised of 40, 000 recycled plastic bags, collected through the REDcycle program in supermarkets; 900 waste toner from printer cartridges, collected through Close the Loop collection points; 210 kg of crumb rubber from car tyres; and seven tonnes of recycled asphalt pavement.
Reconophalt or Asphalt?
Reconophalt has a 65% improvement in fatigue life, and is also less likely to rut under heavy traffic than standard asphalt. In considering its long-term durability, it is fair to say that Reconophalt is a cost-effective and highly sustainable alternative to standard asphalt.
So what are the environmental benefits?
Reconophalt is a product that is produced using materials that would otherwise be diverted to landfill. By using reconophalt, communities will not be compromising on the quality of their roads, but enhancing them in the most environmentally sustainable way possible.
Further information: https://www.roads.eco/eco-benefits/