Trains run on plastic sleepers

The Victorian Government has announced the installation of the first batch of recycled plastic sleepers to be used in one of Melbourne’s busiest stations.

The railway sleepers are made from a mix of polystyrene and agricultural waste, including cotton bale wrap and vineyard covers all sourced in Australia.

State Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio said that the new sleepers have a life expectancy of 50 years and will require less maintenance than traditional wooden or concrete sleepers.

“We’re embracing new technology to tackle the problem of plastic pollution in our community,” Ms D’Ambrosio said.

“This project is a great example of the circular economy we’re creating through innovation and rethinking a product we use everyday”

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