Bayside paves the road ahead in recycling

Bayside Council is part of a local council consortium paving the way to recycle 100 million glass containers into local roads each year.

"I am proud Bayside Council is part of this initiative that will stimulate our economic recovery, create local jobs and protect the environment," Mayor Joe Awada said.

"It is also an opportunity for residents to see how separating their waste helps turn recyclable material into a valuable resource."

Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (SSROC) released a request for tender on behalf of its member councils in what could be one of the largest local government-led recycling initiatives in NSW history.

The SSROC Paving the Way initiative is expected to create a market for over 20,000 tonnes of recycled glass per year while supporting local jobs and the development of essential recycling infrastructure.

The use of recycled crushed glass (RCG) as a substitute for natural sand in roads and footpaths is in line with Transport for NSW and AUS-SPEC specifications.

The process is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by avoiding the transport of sand from distant quarries. Tracking emissions and the amount of recycled materials will also help councils report on sustainability targets.

Bayside Council successfully trialled a similar system last year when Bexley Depot was resurfaced with almost 400 tonnes of Reconophalt that incorporated waste materials like soft plastic, glass, printer toner and reclaimed road base in the asphalt mix.

Participating councils include Burwood, Canada Bay, Canterbury-Bankstown, City of Sydney, Fairfield, Georges River, Hornsby, Inner West, Northern Beaches, Randwick, Ryde, Sutherland, Waverley, Willoughby and Woollahra.