As a real estate owner, manager and developer, we recognise the choices we make can help solve some of society’s most pressing environmental issues. One issue we are working to help solve is the issue of plastic pollution. Of the 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic ever produced, 6.3 billion metric tons has ended up as waste and of that, only 9% has been recycled. Civil construction is the second largest industry sector driving demand for plastic, accounting for 19% of all plastic in the world.
In response to this and to help limit our impact, Stockland have been trialling a new ‘green asphalt’ known as Reconophalt. Our Whiteman Edge Reconophalt trial in Western Australia has delivered one kilometre of road, replacing traditional asphalt with a product made of 30% recycled content, diverting the equivalent of 500,000 plastic bags, 165,000 glass bottles and 12,000 printer toners from landfill.
The benefits of Reconophalt are not limited to saving plastic. When compared to traditional asphalt, Reconophalt will result in an increase in asset life and performance, a 30% carbon emission reduction, and a cost neutral outcome based on whole of life. In order to leverage the success of the Whiteman Edge trial, a National Asphalt Review is underway with the objective of delivering a roadmap to 2030 that introduces a sustainable alternative to traditional asphalt whilst maintaining volume, cost and time certainty in delivery.