Ipswich City Council will now be able to use recycled materials to build roads and pavements as part of its commitment to transition to a circular economy.
Council will seek to use crushed concrete, crushed brick, glass and rubber products to supplement traditional aggregate and sand currently used in pavement construction for our own projects as well as those constructed as part of developments.
Growth, Infrastructure and Waste Committee Chair Mayor Teresa Harding said council is committed to leading by example on the circular economy.
“Our community understands the negative impact of excessive landfill, and has made its concerns clear time and again,” Mayor Harding said.
“In 2020, council drew a line in the sand. The Waste and Circular Economy Transformation Directive was our commitment to engage with key stakeholders and set an example for the commercial waste industry.
“Now, our capital works program is reducing landfill and using recycling to improve community outcomes.”
The innovative opportunities to reduce the need for depleting virgin materials while increasing demand for the usage of recycled material will create more end markets for recycled materials.
New processes to use recycled materials are being developed regularly by the waste industry, and council will continue to certify this product meets design specifications and compliance ensuring strength and performance are not compromised.
Council continues to monitor the development of recycled products to determine if there are other opportunities in line with council’s Waste and Circular Economy Transformation Directive.