TAS facility expanding recycled material use for road construction

TAS facility expanding recycled material use for road constructionThe Tasmanian Government has welcomed Downer’s announcement to build an asphalt manufacturing facility in northern Tasmania, with the plant set to support the production of road surfacing material with a high proportion of recyclable material.

The State Government says the $10 million facility will complement its record $2.7 billion injection to build roads and bridges across the State across the Forward Estimates.

The facility will help communities turn their waste products into value-added material for the production of road surfacing products, avoiding the use of virgin quarry material.

The new facility will replace an existing asphalt plant that’s reaching the end of its service life, allowing Downer to triple its hourly production rate.

Downer’s General Manager, Marcus Stephens, said the plant would deliver significant sustainable benefits for the community.

“Our two asphalt manufacturing facilities in Tasmania currently produce thousands of tonnes each year that is used to build and maintain roads right across the state,” Stephens said.

The new plant will also see the production of Downer’s Reconophalt, a road surfacing product incorporating material that would otherwise end up in landfill, such as soft plastics, ground glass from domestic recycling, road millings and recycled asphalt paving and waste toner.

Since 2018, the production of Reconophalt has diverted the equivalent of 6,476,000 plastic bag from landfill, along with 2,629,000 glass bottles.

The new plant is expected to be commissioned early in 2023.



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