THOUSANDS of tonnes of old asphalt have been diverted from landfill and recycled to make new roads across the City of Swan.
About 850 tonnes of recycled asphalt was recently used to seal Swan Street in Henley Brook.
The new 500m section of road in the Swan Valley was raised by about 20cm to remedy some drainage issues experienced with the old unsealed surface.
Swan Mayor Mick Wainwright said using recycled road material saved money because less was spent on landfill levies and new gravel.
“Using recycled road material also reduces our reliance on digging up finite resources from the ground,” he said.
“We are simultaneously minimising the amount of demolition waste going into landfill – which is becoming increasingly expensive for local governments.”
Reclaimed asphalt pavement is made by ripping up old road surfaces, milling it and reintroducing it into a new batch of surface mix.