Sunbury Road Upgrade paving the way to a circular economy

Major Road Projects Victoria is providing a boost to the environment, with Sunbury’s largest ever road project helping pave the future of Victoria’s growing circular economy by laying asphalt containing recycled household waste.

The Sunbury Road Upgrade has resurfaced sections of road between Bulla-Diggers Rest Road and Jackson’s Creek containing up to 40 per cent recycled materials - diverting more than 18,000 tonnes of waste from landfill. It’s estimated 10 Victorian jobs are created for every 10,000 tonnes of waste material kept out of landfill – leading to approximately 3,900 jobs over the next decade.

The sustainable asphalt product incorporates recycled glass sand, and reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP). Green Roads Construction Materials have been used across dozens of road and rail projects in Victoria.

The recycled asphalt is manufactured by Alex Fraser at its new state-of-the-art asphalt plant in Epping.

Since it was introduced in 2020, Recycled First has led to more than double the recycled materials being used than previous years – with almost 2.2 million tonnes being integrated on Victorian transport projects.

The shift to recycled products is being driven by Victoria’s ecologiQ program, which is leveraging Victoria’s Big Build to boost the use of recycled and reused materials.

Supplier Alex Fraser has experienced greater demand for its sustainable construction materials in major projects, having supplied more than 465,000 tonnes of its Green Roads products into Victoria’s Big Build in the last year alone.

Green Roads Construction Material has been used across more than 50 Victorian major infrastructure projects, with many more planned, including the Epping Road, Lathams Road, Mickleham Road, Pound Road West and Hall Road Upgrades, as well as a number of Level Crossing Removal Projects.

Victoria’s nation-leading circular economy initiatives will take centre stage in September, showcasing the greener projects being delivered by Victoria’s Big Build.

Be part of the positive change by securing your tickets to the ecologiQ Greener Infrastructure Conference on 18-20 September at the Melbourne Convention Centre, as it brings together sector leaders to collaborate and innovate for purposely greener projects.

Visit the ecologiQ Conference website to register.