Re­cy­cling gives old con­crete new life

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

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