Single-use plastic bags to become road in Duncraig

Recycled waste materials will be used to resurface Arnisdale Road in Duncraig. Picture: Martin Kennealey
Recycled waste materials will be used to resurface Arnisdale Road in Duncraig. Picture: Martin Kennealey

MORE than 200,000 single-use plastic bags will be used to help resurface a section of road in Duncraig next month.

The City of Joondalup will become one of the first local governments in Perth to use Reconophalt, which incorporates recycled waste materials into a road surface, when it upgrades Arnisdale Road, between Glengarry Drive and Merrick Way.

The materials, which had all been previously destined for landfill, include waste toner from about 4950 printer cartridges, 217,105 single-use plastic shopping bags, scrap rubber from 157 tyres, and more than 27 tonnes of recycled asphalt.

Reconophalt has been widely trialled in Victoria and across other local government areas in the eastern states.

The project will involve construction of additional on-street parking bays, drainage upgrades, concrete kerb and crossover works and road resurfacing and is expected to take place in May and June.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said the City was keen to incorporate innovation into its operations as part of its commitment to meeting the State Government’s target of diverting 65 per cent of waste from landfill by 2020.

“If the use of Reconophalt in Duncraig proves a success, its use could potentially be extended to other road projects across the City,” he said.