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​City of Subiaco paves the road to sustainability and helps keep workers in jobs during COVID-19 outbreak
Sunday 12 April 2020

While adhering to government safety directives and guidelines, the City is continuing with projects where possible and exploring what appropriate projects could be brought forward during this time of economic uncertainty to help workers stay employed.

This week, the City pushed ahead with two unique road resurfacing projects that used sustainable mixes to help recycle products that would have otherwise ended up in landfill.

Rowland Street was one of the first locations in WA to be laid with a new sustainable road asphalt mix (Reconophalt) comprised of 280kg of soft plastics, 1680 toner cartridges, 42 used car tyres and 12 tonnes of reclaimed asphalt pavement.

The City also claimed a WA first on 8 April by using a unique recycled mix to resurface Wilsmore Street. The mix used crumb rubber from the equivalent of 87 light truck tyres and is expected to improve durability and the lifespan of the road.

“Choosing to continue these projects and looking to see what appropriate projects can be brought forward ensures we are doing our bit to help workers stay employed during this time of crisis,” Mayor Penny Taylor said.

The City is also in discussion with the State Government to see if they have the ability to bring forward major projects, like the Subi East Redevelopment, which could create work for many.

Fast facts

  • In the past year, the City has started the transition to a zero carbon vehicle fleet, begun using saturated steam to control weeds instead of glyphosate, and installed the first Seabin in a lake in Australia.
  • These recycled road resurfacing trials are a great environmentally-responsible initiative that will build towards a circular economy and divert a substantial amount of materials that generally end up in landfill.
  • Reconophalt was developed by Downer Asphalt.
  • The crumb rubber dense graded asphalt was developed by Fulton Hogan.