A coalition of NSW local councils have voluntarily set a target to recycle 45 million glass bottles into useful products each year in an effort to stimulate investment in the region’s recycling industry.
The 11 signatory councils include Bayside, Burwood, Canada Bay, Canterbury Bankstown, City of Sydney, Georges River, Inner West, Randwick, Sutherland, Waverley, and Woollahra.
These councils, which form the Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (SSROC) association, have signed a memorandum of understanding pledging to use their combined purchasing power to procure more products made from recycled materials.
The MoU outlined the framework of actions the coalition would take in the initiative, the first step of which will focus on incorporating more recycled content such as reclaimed asphalt pavement and glass into road-making materials.
Demand for recycled glass in civil works currently sits at around 10,000 tonnes between the 11 councils per year, according to the association. This initiative intends to raise that volume before moving on to investigating applications for a range of other recycled materials, including plastic, tyre crumb and textiles.
The next phase of research will be conducted in collaboration with groups such as engineers, procurement experts, and specification bodies to ensure performance standards are high and the resulting products are safe and cost effective.
“Not only will it allow councils to procure safe, affordable, and high-quality materials, but this model can be rolled out across the Sydney metropolitan area and indeed the entire state,” SSCOC General Manager, Namoi Dougall said.