Far from avoiding broken glass on worksites, tonnes of recycled glass is finding new life as a building material after being put to use in major road and drainage projects in Singleton.
As part of Singleton Council’s ongoing commitment to reusing and recycling, as well as employing cost-effective and environmentally sustainable products, recycled glass is being repurposed as an alternative for pipe and drainage bedding.
Approximately 30 tonnes was used in a road and drainage project at Picton’s Lane, and the product is also being incorporated into Council’s Engineering Specifications and Guidelines which will encourage contractors to use the material in the development of subdivisions.
Peter McMurray, Council’s Manager Infrastructure Strategy Planning and Programming, said the price for supply and delivery of the product was comparable to normal base material such as crusher dust and sand, with prices around $20 per tonne delivered.
“The early trials based on the projects at Singleton, as well as trials at Lake Macquarie Council, show good support for the continued use of recycled glass in major capital projects,” he said.
“The recycled glass is as fine as sand and is an extraordinary product, however reliable supply is a major factor at this stage - at any given time there can be ready supply or a significant delay.
“Nonetheless, there are several drainage projects included in Council’s 2018/2019 Drainage Capital Works Program which provide opportunity for the use of recycled glass.
“It will be Council’s intent to include in the brief to contractors carrying out the works to supply recycled glass subject to availability and cost.”
General Manager Jason Linnane said the use of recycled glass was the latest in a list of examples where Council sought out innovations in repurposed materials.
“We know that environmental sustainability is important to our community, and we have an obligation as a commercial operator to look for alternative products that are beneficial to both the environment and our budget,” he said.
“I’m really excited about the new innovations we’re seeing in recycled and repurposed materials and I’m proud Singleton Council is at the forefront of identifying and implementing these kinds of products.”