Shoalhaven City Council has furthered its recycling efforts, with works recently completed on a new road made from asphalt with high recycled content using soft plastics, glass, toner and reclaimed road.
The new road utilises Australia's first asphalt product that creates a sustainable, cost effective solution that performs as well or better than conventional asphalt.
According to supplier Downer, a kilometre of road paved with Reconophalt can contain: 500,000 plastic bag and packaging equivalents, 165,000 glass bottle equivalents and toner from 12,000 used printer cartridges.
Mayor Amanda Findley said the construction of the road in Plunkett Street, Nowra is an important step towards a more sustainable Shoalhaven.
"The fact that this product is cost effective and performs well as a road surface, as well as repurposing postconsumer soft plastics, glass and toner into higher value products is a win, win," Cr Findley said.
"Utilising products that would have ended up in landfill, stockpiled or as a pollutant in our natural environments has many economic, social and environmental benefits.
"The new road, along with the planned West Nowra Resource Recovery Facility, are setting new benchmarks in recycling and repurposing waste materials into new streams of use."