Downer won the award in the innovation category for Reconophalt, our innovative asphalt product that contains high recycled content from materials such as soft plastics, glass, toner and reclaimed road.
Reconophalt creates new avenues to recycle and repurpose waste materials into new streams of use, diverting waste from landfill and reducing the reliance upon increasingly scarce virgin materials.
The Green Globe Awards are NSW's premier environmental awards, celebrating collaboration, partnerships and projects that encourage others to achieve positive change and protect our environment.
“This award proves that with thought leadership in sustainability and partnerships with progressive and environmentally conscious governments, suppliers and customers, we can continue to set new benchmarks in recycling and repurposing waste materials into new streams of use. It’s all about pulling products, not pushing waste,” said Dante Cremasco, Executive General Manager, Road Services.
“Further to the initial benefits of repurposing recycled materials in asphalt, Downer has the capability to perpetually recycle Reconophalt pavements into the future, providing a truly sustainable solution,” said Dante.
Downer built NSW ’s first recycled road containing soft plastics and glass with Sutherland Shire Council in August 2018. Soft plastics from approximately 176,000 plastic bags and packaging, 55,440 glass bottle equivalents, toner from 3,960 used printer cartridges and 66 tonnes of recycled asphalt were used to build the road in Engadine, in Sydney’s south. This is driving the circular economy through practical application for communities, while reducing the reliance upon increasingly scarce virgin materials.
Read more about our sustainable road solutions: https://www.downergroup.com/road-services.