A new way to pave our roads

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Council to begin using recycled glass in the construction of roads and footpaths.

Randwick Council is proud to announce a new commitment to begin using recycled glass as a substitute for sand when laying new roads and footpaths. We will join forces with 15 other Sydney Councils to drive a new age of sustainable road making as part of the Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (SSROC) Procure Recycled: Paving the Way initiative.

Paving the Way is expected to recycle more than 80 million glass bottles per year back into local roads, which will also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and will be equivalent to planting 14,000 trees per year.

While most kerbside glass is currently recycled back into bottles, Paving the Way will locally recycle all remaining glass that’s not fit for making bottles.

By working with other councils, Paving the Way is stimulating end markets for recycled glass while supporting local jobs as well as the development of essential recycling infrastructure in the region.

Last year, Randwick Council trialled using crushed glass on streets in Randwick and Maroubra. The roads have been a success with the glass comparable in wear, lifespan, and flexibility to sand roads.

“Randwick Council is excited to be at the forefront of this initiative. Prioritising sustainability and the environment, while stimulating local jobs and manufacturing is a no-brainer,” says Mayor Danny Said. “We look forward to building more roads and footpaths in Randwick City as we do our very best to make sure that every single item put in the recycling yellow-lidded bin continues to serve as a resource in our community.”

The Councils participating in Paving the Way include Bayside, Burwood, Canada Bay, Canterbury-Bankstown,City of Sydney, Georges River, Hornsby, Inner West, Lane Cove, Northern Beaches, Randwick, Ryde, Sutherland, Waverley, Willoughby and Woollahra.

Please note:  The above video was produced in February 2020, which predated COVID restrictions such as mask wearing.

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