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Downer delivers $10.5 million asphalt plant

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Downer has forged a path into recycled materials to help make road-building materials in Tasmania.

The company’s $10.5 million asphalt plant was opened in Launceston earlier this year. It will increase the company’s Tasmanian presence, including two existing asphalt facilities.

“Our two existing asphalt manufacturing facilities in Tasmania currently produce thousands of tonnes each year that is used to build and maintain roads across the state,” Downer executive general manager – national operations George Panagiotou said.

“Now that the new plant has been commissioned, we are tripling our hourly production rate, enabling Downer to service customers more efficiently.”

There is a growing awareness of recycled materials in Australia. Recently, Sydney councils have banded together to conduct the country’s biggest test project of recycled materials roadbase.

The program will initially use about 3,600 equivalent standard passenger car tyres, or 2,400 car and 490 truck tyres.

With an eye on this emerging market, Downer has invested significant resources.

Panagiotou says the new Downer facility brings sustainability benefits to the Tasmanian community due to its lower carbon emission profile and improved energy efficiency.

“It’s also capable of producing road surfacing products that incorporate a high proportion of recycled products,” he said.

“This includes Downer’s Reconophalt product, which incorporates waste glass, soft plastics and up to 30 per cent reclaimed asphalt pavement.

“Using these waste products in road surfacing reduces reliance on virgin materials and delivers sustainability outcomes for the Tasmanian community.”

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