Recycled plastic bottles are being used to resurface Australia’s roads, build railways and improve drainage systems thanks to the technological expertise of local manufacturer Geofabrics Australasia.
“Using waste plastic that was otherwise destined for landfill not only reduces the cost of road repair and construction, but also increases the strength and durability of our roads,” says Dennis Grech, CEO and managing director. “Our mission is to provide smarter infrastructure solutions for our clients, and by using this new technology we can revolutionise the way we look at recycled plastic.”
Only a third of Australia’s plastic packaging is recycled each year, leaving more than 600,000 tonnes of plastic to end up in landfill or polluting waterways.
However, with China having banned the importation of Australian recycled materials in 2017, and with the Federal Government stopping the export of mixed plastics from July 2021, local manufacturers have found innovative ways to both recycle plastic and put it to good use locally.
“There is no doubt in my mind that there is a momentum building for Australian manufacturers to increasingly use recycled materials.
– Dennis Grech, Geofabrics CEO & Managing Director