In a move to bolster the circular economy, the Victorian Government is rolling out a scheme to increase the use of recycled materials in local government infrastructure projects.
Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio MP launched the $2.6 million Sustainable Infrastructure Fund yesterday.
It comes as a local roads project in the Kingston suburb of Chelsea was completed today, using a range of recycled materials including tonnes of recycled glass sand – amounting to more than 100,000 stubbies.
Alex Fraser Managing Director Peter Murphy said people were often surprised to discover just how much recycled materials goes into local road projects.
“The amount of recycled glass in Kangaroo Road equates to more than a year of kerbside recycling collections for the street,” he said.
Murphy said the Victorian Government’s Sustainability Infrastructure Grants program was another welcome mechanism helping increase industry and local government’s investment in Victoria’s circular economy.
“Recycling only works when there is access to market for recycled products. If this Sustainability Infrastructure Grants program helps more local governments to make greener choices it can only be a good thing.”
By choosing green roads materials, this Kingston project saved:
- 450 tonnes of recyclables from landfill,
- 490 of natural resources,
- 2938 kilograms of carbon.