Recycling gives old concrete new life
An innovative concrete recycling strategy has saved tonnes of old concrete from going to landfill during the rebuild of Hedland Place in Karratha.
Recycled concrete road base reduces the carbon footprint by up to 65 per cent over quarried products. Concrete and demolition waste are also the main contributors to landfill each year. Karratha Earthmoving group chief executive Vaughan Corps said this was one of the first times concrete recycled base had been used in the Pilbara.
“The material is not only being recycled and saved from landfill; it’s also lighter, cheaper and requires less work to produce,” he said. “In addition, there are lower cartage costs due to its lighter weight.”
LandCorp West Pilbara regional manager Travis McNaught said Karratha Earthmoving deserved to be commended for its recycling solution.
“Recycling road rubble is a simple idea, but in the grand scheme of Karratha’s revitalisation, it has the potential to save thousands of dollars by reducing the amount of quarried material that would have been needed to be transported in from surrounding areas,” he said.