ecologiQ resources

Recycled materials reference guides

The reference guides for recycled materials are part of a strategic government commitment to support greater use of recycled materials in construction. Each guide is intended for use by designers, contractors, asset owners and others working on major road infrastructure projects during the planning, pre-tender and construction stages.

The quick–reference guides demonstrate the possibilities for using recycled materials in line with current design and construction standards.

Information in the guides has been drawn from road and rail transport operators as at the time of publishing and should be read in conjunction with the most up to date referenced standards, codes of practice and technical notes. Referral must always be made to standards, specifications and contract documents.

Recycled materials in road infrastructure

The guide provides a short summary of current Department of Transport and Planning (DTP) (formerly VicRoads) and Australian standards, specifications and clauses that allow the use of recycled materials in pavement design and other road infrastructure applications.

Recycled materials in rail infrastructure

The guide provides a summary of current industry standards, specifications and documents from Rail Transport Operators (RTOs) in Victoria, the Department of Transport and Planning (DTP, formerly Public Transport Victoria) and Australian standards that support the use of recycled materials in rail infrastructure.

RTOs that form the basis of this guide include: Victorian Rail Track Corporation (VicTrack), Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM), V/Line, Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC), Yarra Trams.

Recycled materials in ancillary infrastructure

The guide provides a summary of current industry standards, specifications and documents from the Department of Transport and Planning (DTP), Rail Transport Operators (RTOs) in Victoria and Australian standards that support the use of recycled materials in ancillary transport infrastructure.

Ancillary infrastructure applications are those considered non-service or non-safety critical in the context of rail and road infrastructure.

Product and material trials for recycled material use

The purpose of a full-scale trial is to gather technical information and evidence to validate supply quality, construction processes and in-service performance of materials and products.

This guide provides an overview of a typical in-service trial process. It can be used to assess the use of recycled materials in construction and to assess the use of products manufactured from recycled materials.

Technical specifications for recycled materials

MTIA and the Department of Transport and Planning (DTP) are working with our industry partners to develop new technical specifications for recycled materials.

We’re pleased to announce that the technical specification for Plastic Noise Walls has been approved and is available on the Austroads website. This specification can be used across Australia.

A technical specification for Processed Solid Organic Waste for Road Infrastructure Applications was added to the VicRoads website in November 2023 after going through a review and approval process. It can be downloaded via the link below.

Approved technical specifications

770 Processed solid organic waste for road infrastructure applications (doc. 74KB)

Technical notes