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Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit upgrade goes Green

Panorama Resurface Strip

The Phillip Island Circuit team recently completed another upgrade of the facilities at the track by placing an asphalt layer outside the Exhibition Centre and the fuel compound.  The works were completed in time for the World Superbikes in February.

After partnering successfully with Downer to complete the resurfacing of the race track in late 2012, the Phillip Island team again approached Downer to discuss the options available to complete this latest upgrade with the aim of delivering a fit for purpose, low cost surface that did not compromise quality.

You won’t notice anything different about the asphalt (it looks just like any other asphalt), however there is something very different about what it is made from.

The new surface incorporates 60% Recycled Asphalt Product (RAP).  RAP is old asphalt that has been removed from roads that require rehabilitating.  The RAP is processed and used to produce new asphalt by Downer in its new asphalt production facility at Bayswater in Victoria.  This facility is one of the most technologically advanced asphalt production facilities in the world and has been specifically designed to produce high recycle content asphalts.  The use of the high recycle content asphalt on this project saved 6.2 tonnes of CO2 when compared to virgin material asphalt, prevented 250 tonnes of old asphalt going to landfill, as well as saving 250 tonnes of new virgin aggregates from being consumed.

All this sounds quite impressive, however that’s not all this project recycled.  The asphalt also incorporated 612kg of toner from used printer and photocopier cartridges collected from businesses around Victoria by Close The Loop.  The toner actually improves the performance of the asphalt.  In the past, this waste toner would end up in landfill.  In 2013, Close The Loop collected 643kg of toner from Linfox facilities in NSW, VIC, SA, QLD and WA.  Therefore 95% of the quantity of toner collected from Linfox in 2013 was recycled into this new asphalt pavement.

This is another great example of people working together to find more sustainable and lower cost options to deliver further value to the business.  

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