Western Australia has received its first road from recycled waste after the announcement of a new trial which will see two new laneways created as part of a new masterplanned community sealed with asphalt made from recycled waste materials such as plastic bags and toner cartridges.

In a joint statement, Frasers Property and the City of Cockburn in Perth’s south have announced that both Ceclia Lane and Skerne Lane which will form part of the planned community known as Port Coogee will be sealed with 750 square meters of a new product which uses recycled material in asphalt.

Known as Reconophalt, the asphalt to pave the roads will use:

  • recycled plastic bags, collected through a recycling program in supermarkets
  • Waste toner from printer cartridges, collected through Close the Loop collection points.
  • 210 kilograms of crumb rubber from care tyres and
  • seven tonnes of recycled asphalt pavement.

The Reconophalt will be installed by Densford Civil on 5 June with materials supplied by the Downer Group.

All up, recycled material from 40,000 plastic bags, 900 toner cartridges, 210 kilograms of crumb rubber from car tyres and seven tonnes of recycled asphalt.

The Reconophalt will be installed by Densford Civil on 5 June with materials supplied by the Downer Group.

City of Cockburn Waste Education Office Nicki Ledger welcomed the trial and said the city will look to continue to use Reconophalt in the future.

“We believe it is vital to encourage the use of recycled materials wherever possible, to stimulate the development of recycling industries here in Australia,” Ledger said.

Stuart Gardiner, General Manager – Residential WA, Frasers Property Australia said that innovations such as this could generate positive waste minimisation implications for the company’s broader portfolio.

Gardiner said the trial would be monitored to see how the surface performs over time.