In what is believed to be a Hunter first, concrete made with glass recycled in Port Stephens has been poured at an intersection in Tanilba Bay.
Port Stephens Council poured Greencrete, a type of concrete containing recycled glass, at the Avenue of the Allies intersection early last Thursday morning.
“We’re excited to be the first Hunter council to trial Greencrete, reusing recycled glass to reduce our environmental impact and ensure ongoing sustainability in our building works,” the council’s capital works section manager, Philip Miles, said.
“We have elected to trial this new material in a prominent location so the community can view and provide feedback on it. The works currently underway at Tanilba Bay presented the perfect opportunity.”
Greencrete looks and performs the same as normal concrete, however, it reuses recycled glass in place of quarried sand and gravel materials to reduce waste.
Port Stephens will be the first council in the Hunter to reuse recycled glass in this way.Capital works section manager, Philip Miles
Mr Miles said Port Stephens is the first council in the Hunter to reuse recycled glass in this way.
For the trial, the council has replaced the sand content of normal concrete – which makes up about 25 per cent of the mixture – with recycled glass.
Greencrete has been used in the traffic islands at the Tanilba Bay intersection is undergoing upgrade works.
“We’re keen to lead the way in developing sustainable practices for our projects now and into the future,” Mr Miles said.
Port Stephens Council has partnered with Redicrete to produce and deliver the new Greencrete. The Greencrete pour comes as part of the council’s work to install a roundabout at the Tanilba Bay intersection.
The roundabout is part of a $795,000 investment in Tanilba Bay intersections. Funding to upgrade the intersection was secured under the state government’s Safer Roads Program.
The intersection has been identified as a black spot due to the number of crashes that have happened there during the years.
To simplify the intersection of Lemon Tree Passage Road with the Avenue of the Allies and Poilus Parade, Success Street will be closed permanently.