A suburban road in Penrith is reportedly the primary in Australia to include recycled espresso cups into its development. The fibers within the cups assist create a extra sturdy product that is mentioned to be quieter and safer than common asphalt.

Often known as PAK-PAVE Roads, the sustainable asphalt was developed by State Asphalts NSW in partnership with Closed Loop Environmental Options, who function the paper cup recycling program Merely Cups. The Commonwealth Cooperative Analysis Facilities Program grant facilitated growth of the product, which concerned the College of New South Wales and was sanctioned by the NSW EPA and Transport NSW.

The pilot will happen alongside a piece of Jamison Street in South Penrith adopted by a second on Swallow Drive in Erskine Park. The initiatives will use over 135,000 recycled paper cups, together with espresso cups, which can account for 85% of the paper cups collected at Penrith LGA for recycling in 2022.

Different recycled supplies are used for the roads, together with the equal of 1.2 million glass stubs, together with reclaimed asphalt pavement and metal furnace slag. These supplies will make up greater than 50% of PAK-PAVE.

The benefits of the roads embrace:

  • Utilizing recycled paper cups as a helpful addition.
  • Improved sturdiness and crack resistance of the patch.
  • Improved slip resistance in moist climate and lowered noise ranges from the floor texture.
  • The improved sturdiness of stone mastic asphalt permits for a thinner street floor the place the thickness and price per m2 of pavement might be lowered.
  • Fewer uncooked supplies are required.
  • 24% much less carbon footprint.

State Asphalts NSW director John Kypreos mentioned the group had labored for over three years to develop PAK-PAVE roads, which might be supported by authorities in any respect ranges.

“It’s thrilling to accomplice with Closed Loop to ship a sensible round economic system answer and we hope that different native and state governments will begin specifying PAK-PAVE Roads, each as a high-quality pavement and as a product that brings collectively excessive consumption has proportion of recycled supplies,” mentioned Kypreos.

Tricia Hitchen, Mayor of Penrith, mentioned the Council is proud to be main the best way in the direction of a extra sustainable round economic system.

“With over 1208km of roads maintained by Penrith Metropolis Council and numerous kilometers of state roads in our LGA, we’ve got the chance to make our roads way more environmentally pleasant than initially thought by using recycled supplies,” mentioned Hitchens.

Rob Pascoe, CEO of Closed Loop, mentioned: “Since its inception in 2017, the Merely Cups program has saved greater than 30 million paper cups, resembling espresso and delicate drink to-go cups, from landfill.”

There are at present greater than 630 7-Eleven areas with cup assortment factors, in addition to assortment factors in quite a few malls, workplace buildings, colleges and universities. Go to the Merely Cups web site or the RecycleMate app for areas.