Frankston Times 1 December 2020

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A sustainable path forward RECYCLED soft plastics have been used to create a new footpath in Seaford. The path was created using Polyrok, which is an alternative to mineral aggregate in concrete for pathways, kerbs, and channels using soft plastics. Material including frozen pea bags and bread bags can be used in the process. The plastics are collected through the REDcycle program at Coles and Woolworths. The path was a joint project between Carrum Downs recycled plastic manufacturer Replas, Frankston Council, Frankston Sand and Soil, and SR Engineering. Replas managing director Mark Jacobsen said Frankston Council is the first to trial the use of Polyrok. “This innovative initiative will lead the way for all councils to take one of the most problematic plastics, soft plastic packaging, and use it in a fit for purpose, circular solution,” he said. “As part of the government’s economic recovery strategy, boosting large scale production through collaboration is a vital component. Products containing Polyrok have the potential to provide jobs, investment, and a scalable home for the world’s most problematic plastic, being post-consumer soft plastic packaging.” Frankston Council have been customers of Replas for more than two decades. Deputy mayor Nathan Conroy said “Replas’ development of Polyrok and its use at Seaford align with our strong commitment to sustainability and the protection of our precious environment. It’s wonderful to see waste such as soft plastics being recycled to create vital infrastructure.” “Polyrok has been incorporated in both a section of the footpath and retaining wall as part of the Hartnett Drive local area traffic management plan in Seaford, which includes the much-needed footpath,” Cr Conroy said. Replas has received a Connections Innovations grant to continue its work.

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CRS Claire Harvey, Nathan Conroy, and Replas managing director Mark Jacobsen at a new footpath in Seaford. Picture: Supplied

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