Innovators repurpose waste for roads

About 2,000 tonnes of recycled materials will be used to create roads, pavements and other infrastructure improvements following the launch of a new Victorian Government fund.

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio, today announced 19 projects will share in $2.6 million to support innovative use of recycled materials in infrastructure projects delivered by local councils and alpine resort management boards.

Among the successful councils is the City of Darebin, securing $300,000 to upgrade the KP Hardiman Hockey Field using recycled material. Players are expected to be scoring goals at the upgraded facilities by July 2021.

As part of the redevelopment, recycled glass will be used in new concrete pathways, recycled plastic will become asphalt, and outdoor furniture and shockpads installed under artificial turf will be made from rubber tyres.

The Labor Government will further increase the use of recycled materials across the economy by supporting innovation and product development with the launch of the $1.8 million Research and Development Fund.

Grants of between $75,000 and $300,000 are available to support research institutes and industry to develop new products made from recycled materials including plastic, paper, cardboard, glass and tyres.

“We’re reshaping our waste and recycling industry, driving job creation and putting valuable materials back into the economy,” said D’Ambrosio.

“Projects like this give old tyres and old materials a new life. This kind of innovation creates endless business opportunities and jobs.”