A local government in Tasmania found a clever way to recycle single-use plastics and other landfill-bound waste by building a new road. The 500-meter (1,640-foot) stretch outside the city of Hobart is made of approximately 173,600 plastic bags and packaging, as well as 82,500 glass bottle equivalents diverted from landfill, the Kingborough council announced Tuesday. Toner from approximately 5,900 used printer cartridges and more than 33 tonnes of recycled asphalt were also repurposed to create the 330 tonnes of asphalt used to construct the road along Charlton Street in the town of Snug, the council added. It’s the first road of its kind in the Australian state. Kingborough has built a road with soft plastics & glass in a first for Tasmania! With partners Downer, Close the Lo… https://t.co/uaBuB7y92h — Kingborough Council (@KingboroughTas) 1544488105.0 The council built the road in order to reduce its environmental footprint, Kingborough Councillor Richard Atkinson told Australia’s ABC News reported. "If you work out how much single-use plastic is in this 500 meters of road, it’s about equivalent of two years of single use plastic collected from Kingborough," he explained to the publication. "If it’s successful we’ll continue to use it for all the […]

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