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‘Major step forward’: New $2.5 million dollar site to boost building materials

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The first-ever soft plastics and recycling facility from CRDC Global in Australia has been hailed as a “major step forward” for building materials down under.  

The facility was opened in Tottenham in Melbourne’s West recently after CRDC Global, in partnership with Australia and New Zealand Recycling Platform and others, completed the $2.5 million plant project. The Victorian Government contributed $500,000 to the project. 

The facility will process hard and soft plastics into RESIN8, which can be used in concrete, masonry bricks, blocks, pavers, and asphalt.  

“We are thrilled that Australia’s first full-scale RESIN8 facility is now operational – transforming used plastic into innovative, eco-friendly building materials for Australia, creating a circular economy solution,” CRDC Australian managing director Shane Ramsey said. 

The RESIN8 product is currently being trialled by Hobsons Bay Council as part of its road maintenance project. The trial will see 1,350 kilograms of soft plastics will be turned into asphalt.  

The facility is located in Tottenham in Melbourne’s West. Image: CRDC Global

The state government is considering potentially incorporating RESIN8 into major infrastructure projects, including roads and buildings. 

“This is a major step forward in diverting plastic and e-waste from landfill that will transition our state towards using more sustainably recycled products,” Victorian Environment Minister Steve Dimopoulos said. 

In Victoria, e-waste can be taken to nominated council drop-off points or local transfer stations. The project will also process soft plastics collected and stockpiled through the RED Cycle program. 

“It’s great to see Victorian businesses finding new ways to deal with complex problems like soft plastics and e-waste while also creating more sustainable solutions for our building industry,” Laverton MP Sarah Connolly said. 

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