Sep 02, 2020

Project proves glass shines as road material

Project proves glass shines as road material Recycled glass from the materials recovery facility at Paget has been used successfully in a gravel road resealing project.

A trial project which saw recycled glass bottles and jars from Mackay households used in road rehabilitation has been hailed a success.

Mackay Regional Council supplied 320 tonnes of crushed glass from its materials recovery facility.

This was mixed with gravel to regrade and top up the 1.3km of road from the Peak Downs Highway to the Hogan’s Pocket landfill site.

Mayor Greg Williamson said a report on the durability of the road after six months had shown that there were very few visible defects on the surface.

“Despite several high rainfall periods and regular use by heavy vehicles accessing Hogan’s Pocket landfill, the road has shown no signs of corrugation,” he said. “This has shown that recycling is not rubbish.”

By using recycled glass from its own facility, the council was able to save about four per cent of the total project cost, about $8000, and was able to produce a high-quality asset.

“Crushed glass has great financial benefits for future road projects,” Cr Williamson said.