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Victoria to ramp up recycled aggregate usage


The Victorian Government’s Recycled First program is set to change the building aggregate landscape by making contractors use recycled materials.

Victoria is set for a recycling revolution after the Andrews Labor Government announced its Recycled First program.

Recycled First will assist the state’s Big Build program by reusing construction waste material. Under the new program, recycled aggregates such as glass, crushed concrete and steel will be used over brand new materials.

The program now requires companies undertaking major transport infrastructure projects to demonstrate how they will prioritise recycled and reused materials. Victoria’s construction partners have already started adopting recycled building materials for their projects.

The Victorian Government expects lower infrastructure costs in the long-term with the utilisation of recycled aggregate over new materials.

More than 20,000 tonnes of recycled material will be supplied to the M80 Ring Road, Monash Freeway and South Gippsland Highway, with a further 190 million glass bottles being supplied to surfaces on the $1.8 billion Western Roads Upgrade.

“We’re paving a greener future for Victoria’s infrastructure, turning waste into vital materials for our huge transport agenda and getting rubbish out of landfills,” the Victorian Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan said.

Recycled First will boost the demand for reused materials right across our construction sector – driving innovation in sustainable materials and changing the way we think about waste products.”

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Scott Morrison will force every Commonwealth agency to focus on purchasing recycled content.

The Federal Budget in May will see greater infrastructure investment in Australia’s recycling rates to ensure the country can resolve its 1.4 billion tonnes of recyclable waste. Australia recycles just 12 per cent of its plastics with the remainder sent to landfill.

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