When it comes to recycling, we on the Peninsula walk the walk. Seaford now has the first council-built footpath in Australia to contain Polyrok – a sustainable alternative to the mineral aggregate used in concrete paths, kerbs and channels. It’s made from soft plastics such as bread bags that shoppers have recycled through the REDcycle program at Coles and Woolworths.
The project is a joint initiative by Replas, Frankston City Council, Frankston Sand and Soil and SR Engineering, and Replas managing director Mark Jacobsen said if every council in the country committed to using the material in just 1km of its paths, 470 million pieces of soft plastic would be diverted from landfill. “This innovative initiative will lead the way for all councils to take one of the most problematic plastics – soft plastic packaging – and use it in a fit-for-purpose, circular solution,” Mr Jacobsen said.
Frankston Deputy Mayor Nathan Conroy said Replas’s development of Polyrok and its use at Seaford aligned with the council’s strong commitment to sustainability and the protection of our environment. “It’s wonderful to see waste such as soft plastics being recycled to create vital infrastructure,” Cr Conroy said.
Cr Claire Harvey said: “For years I’ve been taking all my soft plastic packaging waste back to the supermarket to be recycled, so to be here today and see the resource-recovery circle completed like this is really rewarding.”
The council has been using other Replas products for more than 20 years, including bollards, benches, and wheelchair access settings.