crushed_brickLocal Government has been criticised for not acting to use the growing stockpiles of recycled materials (glass sand, bricks, concrete) in the base of pavement construction works. At a time when virgin quarry rock is becoming more difficult to locate, and when Councils are committing to carbon reduction programs, there is a real need for Councils to commit to the usage of recycled materials in their pavement base.

We now have a VicRoads specification for local roads (15% blend of glass sand or brick), and the MAV has had a footpath specification developed by Swinburne University. A number of Councils are already involved in field testing these materials and these Councils have already received significant publicity as a result of their involvement in the program.

We are now calling on all Victorian Councils to sign up to Local Government Recycled Roads to Zero Waste Sustainability Challenge.

These commitments by individual Councils are being sought as of now and participating Councils will be announced at the launch event on June 15.

Download the fact sheets here:

Fact Sheet 1 – Recycled Roads to Zero Waste Partnerships
Fact Sheet 2 – About the Recycled Roads to Zero Waste Project

What are we asking Councils to do when they join the Challenge?

The MAV is seeking all Victorian Councils to join the Local Government Recycled Roads to Zero Waste Sustainability Challenge. This involves:

  • Contact John Hennessy at the MAV on 9667 5525 or via JHennessy@mav.asn.au and express interest
  • Confirming your participation in writing
  • Assessing your Council’s current use of recycled materials in pavement construction
  • Reviewing your Council’s procurement policies and practices re the ability to support the use of recycled materials in works contracts
  • Identifying the potential use of recycled materials in Council long term capital works programs
  • Producing a one page report on the above matters to the MAV by July-August 2011